Greens to pilot talks on Jandakot Airport aircraft noise

Greens to pilot talks on Jandakot Airport aircraft noise

THE Greens have promised to use the next term of government to offer better representation to residents affected by aircraft noise.

Residents in Canning Vale are keen to see the State Government play a bigger role in noise management at Jandakot Airport, which currently operates under standards set by the Federal Government.

Resident Michael Ryan said by doing so, noise from the 330,000 aircraft movements at the facility each year would be contained to a bearable level.

“It’s just a nuisance,” he said.

“You hear the planes coming and before it’s gone out of earshot, you can hear the next one coming in behind it.”

Greens MCL Lynn Maclaren said the current legislation made it unclear who people such as Mr Ryan should turn to with their concerns.

“The current system is failing residents,” she said.

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The Greens have promised to advocate for more meaningful consultation between residents and government agencies and to introduce a private members bill to protect affected communities.

Jandakot MLA Joe Francis was against the State Government taking control and supported the current system which he said ensured the airport ran to national standards.

An Airservices spokeswoman said procedures were in place at Jandakot to minimise aircraft noise, including restricting circuit training to certain hours and implementing noise abatement procedures such as the “fly neighbourly” agreement.

“Further noise improvements have been made at Jandakot including ensuring greater consistency of application and improved visibility for the community, managing aerobatic flying and ensuring simulated engine failure training is limited to within the aerodrome boundaries and not over adjacent residential areas,” the spokeswoman said.