Swan MHR Steve Irons may renew calls for an aircraft noise insulation scheme for Perth ahead of third runway

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SWAN MHR Steve Irons will consider renewing calls for the Federal Government to implement an aircraft noise insulation scheme for residents in suburbs affected by flight paths as part of Perth Airport’s plans to build a third runway.

The airport is currently undertaking community consultation on the new runway ahead of seeking Federal approval for the project.

Under the proposed flight corridors, nearly 10,000 homes will be newly affected by night time aircraft noise with mapping showing suburbs to the east and south/south-east of the airport the most likely to experience an increase in aircraft noise.

Amongst the hardest hit are parts of Forrestfield, High Wycombe, South Guildford and Wattle Grove, which could experience up to 200 extra noise events each day.

Mr Irons said aircraft noise insulation schemes had operated at other airports in Australia, including Adelaide and Sydney.

“I will be raising the prospect of an aircraft noise insulation scheme as part of the review and will continue to support affected residents,” he said.“I strongly encourage my constituents to get on board and have their say in this very important review process.”

Last month in the House of Representatives, Mr Irons put forward a private member’s motion where he noted a 2010 Senate inquiry found there was inadequate community consultation prior to changes to flight paths in Perth in 2008.

“Perth Airport must take into account all the submissions received and advise the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on how it proposes to address any issues raised during the consultation process,” he said.

“Perth Airport, as part of the consultation process, has already written to 300,000 residents, briefed local government and is doing a number of community expos and shopping centre visits.

“You can go to www.newrunway.com.au which provides directions on how to make a submission.”

A Perth Airport spokeswoman said it was committed to considering all public submissions to the New Runway Project Major Development Plan (MDP).

“All public submissions are also presented to the Federal Government as part of the major development plans approvals process,” she said.

The review closes on Friday, August 24.