Aircraft Noise

Stop the expansion of Sydney Airport

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Read our opinion piece on why Sydney needs an alternative airport, not a second airport.

Sydney Airport Corporation plans to increase the number of flights into Sydney Airport substantially over the next twenty years.  The Airport’s Draft Master Plan forecast aircraft movements to grow from 286,101 to 427,400.  Sydney’s Inner West will bear the brunt of the noise with the parallel North-South runways in use most of the time.   The Airport’s own noise charts shows an expansion in noise footprint over the Inner West.

The increase is unacceptable for residents who already suffer from severe aircraft noise.

The Greens are calling for:

  • A permanent limit on the number of aircraft movements at 300,000 per year.
  • A reduction in the hourly cap from 80 per hour to 70 per hour.
  • An increase in the curfew hours from 11pm – 6am to 10pm – 7am.
  • An alternative airport to be built to replace Mascot.low plane

The Petersham-Newtown Greens also put in a submission to the Aviation Green Paper, you can read it here.

The Greens have also conducted street stalls in the Marrickville and Leichhardt areas letting people know about the forecast extra noise and collecting letter on aircraft noise expansion to send to Minister Albanese.   Around 130 letters from local residents were sent to Mr Albanese.

The local member, Anthony Albanese has a unique opportunity as the Minister for Transport to make a real difference to airport noise.  Residents of the Inner West want action, not more talk on aircraft noise.  Unfortunately, Mr Albanese has failed his electors and has approved the Sydney Airport Master Plan.  Read The Greens media release here.

The Greens have moved to have these goals put into Marrickville Council submissions to the Aviation Green Paper and the Airport’s Draft Master Plan.

Why Sydney needs an alternative airport, not a second airport.

Athens Hellinikon Airport is now closed.  It was replaced by a new airport away from residential areas in time for the 2004 Olympics.

Athens Hellinikon Airport is now closed. It was replaced by a new airport away from residential areas in time for the 2004 Olympics.

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The idea of a second airport has been bandied about by politicians for decades.  It is unlikely to be built.  If it is built, it is unlikely to be viable and Inner West residents will be stuck with aircraft noise as Kingsford-Smith continues to be the main airport.

The only viable solution to the problem of aircraft noise in Sydney is to build a new airport away from dense residential areas and shut down Kingsford-Smith Airport.  There a numerous examples of this happening overseas, in Athens, Oslo and Hong Kong for example.  Anyone who is serious about solving the problem of aircraft noise in Sydney should support this position. 

Read our opinion piece on why Sydney needs an alternative airport, not a second airport.

Anthony Albanese has approved Sydney Airport’s master plan.  Click on the diagram below to see the forecast increase in aircraft noise for the Inner West under this master plan.

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NANlogoFor more information on aircraft noise in Sydney visit the No Aircraft Noise website.

For more information on The Greens’ aircraft noise campaign contact Councillor Max Phillips on 0419 444 916 or email mphillips@marrickville.nsw.gov.au.

3 comments

  • Hi,
    What is this up to? Did the letter sent to MR A achieved anything? what is being done so far in order to stop the noise? Pls let me know. I’m new in Dulwich Hill and would like to know more about it.

    thanks.

    Claudia

    • marrickvillegreens

      Hi Claudia,

      Did Minister Albanese respond to your letter?

      He is the Transport Minister and local member, so he has the power to make changes.

      The only thing he has done is establish a taskforce to look into a a second airport. That’s not much in two and a half years.

      When the Hawke Government was looking into a second airport they’d already chosen two sites and conducted environmental impact statements in two years.

      So Mr Albanese is not exactly working very hard on the issue.

      The Greens will be raising the issue of Aircraft Noise in the Inner West during the up coming election campaign.

  • Sydney doesn’t need a 2nd airport
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