Aircraft noise complaints rise – report

SHELLEY and Ferndale residents are among a growing number of people complaining about aircraft noise.

Last financial year, 748 people complained about aircraft movements to Airservices Australia, the government body responsible for airspace management.

These individuals lodged 22,604 complaints about aircraft movements from Perth Airport.

An Airservices Australian spokeswoman said the suburbs with the highest number of complainants were Ferndale, Shelley, Waterford and Guildford. Complaints were also registered from Canning Vale and Roleystone residents.

This is an increase of 512 complainants from five years ago when only 236 people cited issues with aircraft movements, most from Guildford, Kalamunda and Rivervale.

Aircraft Noise Action Group member and Shelley resident Hugh Smith said the increasing number of complaints were due to more planes flying overhead.

“The number of planes using Perth Airport to cater for the growing population is just going to increase and the problem is only going to get worse,” he said.

Mr Smith said unless flight paths or heights were changed he would be forced to leave his riverside property.

“In the interim, something needs to be done to alleviate the issues that affect people living under flight paths,” he said.

“People in the group are having their amenity and health affected.”

The Airservices Australia spokeswoman said the organisation worked with the Perth Community Aviation Consultation Group, Perth Airport, the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman and the aviation industry to try to resolve issues.

“We use a number of methods to reduce the impact of aircraft noise, including noise abatement procedures, the introduction of new technologies and fly neighbourly procedures,” she said.

She said a new flight route trial was also under way to reduce the number of aircraft flying at low heights during the night over suburbs north-west of the airport.

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