Calling for action on aircraft noise

As Terri Butler MP recently told the parliament, "Throughout my time as the Member for Griffith, I have made a number of representations to Airservices Australia and to the Brisbane Airport Corporation, and I want to thank them for engaging with me.

Ultimately, though, it is the responsibility of the government, not unelected agencies, to call the shots. It is up to them to make sure that aircraft noise is managed well, while also making sure that Australians' domestic and international travel and freight needs are served.

When the second runway commenced operations in July, an additional cohort of my constituents—residents under the new flight path—began raising concerns about noise, in addition to those who were already under the existing flight path." 

Aviation is the federal government's responsibility, and the current federal government has been in power for eight long years. As local representatives, Di Farmer, Kara Cook, and I are calling on them to face up to their responsibility and listen to locals' concerns about aircraft noise. 

You can find our petition at the bottom of this page.

Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance

The Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance has been formed to bring together Brisbane residents who are concerned about aircraft noise. 

Recently the BFPCA undertook a survey to understand noise impacts. They presented a copy of the survey results to me, the Hon Di Farmer MP, and Cr Kara Cook, as local elected representatives.

You can find out about the BFPCA here, and you can read about their survey here.

Your local team receiving the survey results.

Your local team receiving the survey results.

Senate Estimates

Thanks to our Labor colleague Senator Anthony Chisholm for asking questions about aircraft noise in Senate Estimates recently. Thanks also to the Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance for suggesting topics for questions. 

Senator CHISHOLM: I have some questions around Brisbane and the new runway. When did Airservices Australia commence, and then finalise, the standard terminal arrival route and the standard departure design for the new parallel runway integration into the Brisbane basin air space?

Mr Jason Harfield, Chief Executive Officer, Airservices Australia: I have to take the specifics on notice, but the finalisation of it would probably have been about 12 months before the opening of the runway, which would have been mid-last year. You are probably talking about around 2018-19. I will correct that if it is not correct.

Read the rest of the transcript here.

Senator Chisholm also put further questions on notice.

Recent advocacy about aircraft noise in the parliament.

Our advocacy, and the Morrison Government's response.

Di Farmer, Kara Cook and I have been gathering signatures for our petition requesting that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack, clarify what options there are to reduce aircraft noise in our community. You can find the petition below.

We know there are many things we can’t change about the second runway and the aircraft noise we’re now experiencing. However, we understand that there are a number of decisions that are discretionary and which, if made differently, could help mitigate noise impacts.

So we wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister, requesting his response on a range of suggestions made by local residents about the options to reduce noise, and a proposed way forward to mitigate noise impacts.

When we finally received a response from the Deputy Prime Minister, it was, in our view, unsatisfactory.

You can read our letter, the list of locals' suggestions, and the Deputy Prime Minister's response here:

We would love to hear your thoughts. Let us know your response here:

Airservices Australia and the "Optimisation and Post Implementation Review"

Airservices Australia and the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman receive aircraft noise complaints.

In addition, Airservices Australia has announced it will conduct a Post Implementation Review of the flight paths and airspace changes implemented to support parallel operations, and the associated aircraft noise impacts.

They have said that community and industry suggestions for alternative flight paths and/or procedures for runway modes and noise abatement will form part of the review.

We welcome the review but it does not relieve the Morrison Government of the ultimate responsibility for aviation. At the end of the day the Minister is responsible, through the parliament, to the people, for this issue. The buck stops with the elected government, not unelected officials.

Community consultation & technical workshop

The Brisbane Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (BACACG) is a consultative forum designed to bring together government, the aviation industry, and the community to discuss a range of topics including aircraft noise, airport developments, airport operations and Terminal access. The BACACG meets four times per year. Until recently Mr Graeme Hill of Bulimba was a local community representative on the forum.

After the November 2020 BACACG meeting it was decided that there would be a Technical Airspace Design Workshop. That workshop went ahead on Wednesday 24 February 2021, with representatives from Brisbane Airport Corporation, Airservices Australia, Virgin Australia, the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman, BACACG, the Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance and the broader community.

You can read the outcomes from the workshop on the Brisbane Airport Corporation's website.

Sign our petition.

We have been asking locals to sign our petition and stand together as a community to ask the LNP Federal Government in Canberra to advise us of options.

When you sign the petition, you can also register any questions or comments you might have. We can reflect your specific questions or comments in representations we make to the Deputy PM.

As a community we have stood up together on many important local issues over the years. We need to now do it again and as your local team, we are determined to do the best we can to support you.

-- Terri Butler MP, Member for Griffith, Hon Di Farmer MP, Member for Bulimba and Cr Kara Cook, Councillor for Morningside Ward


Our aircraft noise petition

We the undersigned call upon the Deputy Prime Minister to state, in non-technical terms, what options are available to reduce noise in our local suburbs following the commencement of operations of the second runway. We further call on the Deputy Prime Minister to implement any measures reasonably available to reduce noise, subject always to safety requirements.