Call for aircraft noise insulation subsidy

Raymond Ward (Cloverdale).
Raymond Ward (Cloverdale).

He backed calls by City of Belmont councillor Paul Hitt, who also lives in a noise-affected area, for the council to offer residents some form of subsidy to install noise insulation measures at their homes.

Mr Ward would like to see rates reduced, while Cr Hitt plans to suggest subsidies for noise insulation at a full council meeting.

If the council refuses, Cr Hitt wants the airport to take responsibility for subsidies similar to that offered by Heathrow Airport.

But Belmont chief executive Stuart Colesaid the City did not deal with aircraft noise issues as it was exempt from compliance with the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997. He directed residents with noise complaints, or wanting more information, to contact Airservices Australia.

Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches said insulation schemes to mitigate aircraft noise were a Commonwealth issue.

Perth Airport regularly publishes Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) contour maps, and the airport launched an interactive noise information portal in June for property investors and residents to view.

‘More recently, and within the Perth Airport Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2014 currently out for public comment, we have also included the National Airport Safeguarding Advisory Group noise events above 65 decibels contour maps,’ Mr Geatches said.

Mr Ward viewed his house on a Saturday, when aircraft noise was reduced, before buying it two years ago and had put up with the noise because he liked the area but was now considering double-glazed windows.

He said planes carrying fly-in, fly-out workers started about 4.30am and flew every five to 10 minutes for a couple of hours.

‘It’s pretty disruptive; people have stayed with me and don’t know how I live here,’ Mr Ward said. ‘I put roller shutters on and that helps a little bit but when the big A380 Air- buses start, I think it will get worse.’