COMMUNITY action groups against proposed new and changing flight corridors over the Perth Hills and eastern region are banding together for their continued crusade against aircraft noise.
Stop the New Flight Corridor Action group coordinator Wendy Kozak said the work had only just begun for group members after months of raising community awareness for the Perth Airport Major Development Plan (MDP) public consultation period, which ended last week.
“We know that we can’t fight this alone and a lot of the issues are common, it’s the same for people under exiting flight paths, and under new flight paths,” she said.
Those issues included not only increased aircraft noise but also concerns regarding inadequate environmental impact assessments.
The proposed new Perth Airport Major Development Plan Community Action Group will bring together the Stop the New Flight Corridor Action Group, the Woodbridge Ratepayers Association and other community groups.
“We’re going outside of the Major Development Plan consultation process,” Mrs Kozak said.
“We’ll be communicating with Airservices Australia and the noise ombudsman and local political members.”
A Perth Airport spokeswoman said 2000 people responded to the MDP during the public consultation period between May 31 and August 24.
“During this time, Perth Airport undertook an extensive community consultation process for the project which included writing to more than 300,000 residents in areas surrounding the airport or in suburbs under proposed flight corridors,” she said.
“But it appears that around 2000 people, or less than one per cent of the number of people contacted, have formally expressed their viewpoint.”
Perth Airport is still compiling data on the actual number of submissions as many were form-letters or hand delivered rather than lodged online.
Many residents took to the Stop the New Flight Corridor Action Group Facebook page concerned the submission figures were misrepresented and the number of responses should instead be compared against 10,000 households affected by proposed new flight corridors.
‘It’s typical of how they’re presenting the data to downplay the specifics,” Mrs Kozak said.
“They’re trying to say it’s only 1 per cent of the community, it’s a misrepresentation of the statistics.”
There are more than 500 people in the action group with many conducting their own letter-box drops and information sessions to encourage the community to get in their submissions.
“I’m feeling really confident that we’ll get some change happening,” she said.
“While the stats might be misrepresented, I think with 2000 people you can make some action.”
All public submissions will be presented to the federal government as part of the MDP approvals process.
By Claire Ottaviano