The damning ombudsman report and recommendations re the new flightpaths could not have been achieved without your volume of hundreds of community complaints. As a result, we have progressed to this stage and for this we thank you. The noise has now begun, for affected residents but with COVID 19 impacts, it’s minimal at this point in time, it’s going to get a lot worse.
As a result of your efforts, ASA have committed to a post implementation review, to include flight path review….but if they don’t receive continued pressure, things can’t change.
ONCE AGAIN WE ARE URGENTLY SEEKING YOUR HELP BY WRITING TO AIR SERVICES AUSTRALIA AND THE AIRCRAFT NOISE OMBUDSMAN. WE REQUEST FLIGHT PATH FORUM AND FRIENDS OF MARCUS BEACH ARE INVOLVED IN DESIGNING THE TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE FLIGHT PATH REVIEW. THIS IS A MATTER OF URGENCY. ADDRESS AND CONTENT REFERENCE ENCLOSED BELOW – try to write in your own words.
JASON HARTFIELD, CEO, AIR SERVICES AUSTRALIA Jason.Harfield@AirservicesAustralia.com
KIERAN PEHM, AIRCRAFT NOISE OMBUDSMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr. Harfield and Mr. Pehm,
I am a resident of ….., a quiet residential area which is now experiencing the noise and lifestyle degradation from arriving and departing aircraft on new flight paths linked to the Sunshine Coast Airport runway 13/31. I am aware of the recommendations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman regarding failures in consultation by Airservices Australia on this matter in 2019 I note that ASA plans to finalise Terms of Reference for the Post Implementation Review by September 2020.
I believe it is imperative that Flight Path Forum Inc.(FPF) and community groups, such as Friends of Marcus Beach Inc (FMB)suggestions be positively considered when designing the Terms of Reference for the PIR. This outcome would be consistent with the clear message in the Ombudsman’s Report that all future consultation be genuine. Recommendation 2(b) is particularly relevant: “A community engagement process that provides for genuine opportunities for community contributions to influence decisions.”
I strongly believe that FPF and FMB are involved in the PIR committee if our community is to have confidence in the integrity of the review process. It will also be a clear sign to the community that ASA is committed to a genuine consultation process in this important next step. I would also be expecting that a timetable for completion of the review is considerably shorter than the proposed 18 months.
(NAME AND ADDRESS)
Friends of Marcus Beach are receiving a lot of complaints from newly affected residents and we continue to commit to working with all relevant parties to achieve a fairer outcome.