Moylan introduces Aircraft Noise Bill to Parliament
Posted on Monday, 4 July 2011
Legislation was yesterday introduced to Parliament to ensure clear legislative requirements in the operation of Airservices Australia. The Air Services (Aircraft Noise) Amendment Bill 2011 has been proposed by the Hon Judi Moylan MP Member for Pearce and Mr Steve Irons MP Member for Swan.
Following the flawed consultation of the Western Australian Route Review Project (WARRP) in 2008 and implemented in 2009 without adequate public consultation or referral to the Federal Department of Environmental Protection the Hon Judi Moylan MP, Member for Pearce, promised to seek remedies through the Parliament.
A wide ranging Senate Committee enquiry made a number of recommendations and this Bill gives effect to these recommendations.
"Since the release of the Government’s National Aviation White Paper there has been little evidence that the Government is taking any action to implement recommendations in regard to the public consultation process," Mrs Moylan said.
"This is despite the Minister’s own pronouncements about the failings of the system."
Features of the Bill include:
Air Services Australia must consult and cooperate
With government, commercial, industrial, consumer and other relevant bodies and organisations.
The complaint process must be properly explained.
Details of consultation must be published.
Consulting with communities
Air Services must advise the Minister responsible for the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 when changes to airspace are likely.
There must be the appointment of a Community Aviation Advocate.
A detailed commentary on complaints in annual reports, including the efficiency and effectiveness of complaint processes must be included.
Community Aviation Advocate
To be appointed when the Minister is advised of proposed changes to airspace.
The role will be to assist, inform and advocate on behalf of affected communities
New flight path management plan
Air Services Australia must propose a plan for the management of flight paths relating to Perth, which may be either the current plan or a changed plan. This potentially could include a new consultation around the WARRP of 2008.
The Bill is scheduled for debate in the Spring sitting. To read the full text of the Bill click the following link: http://parlinfo/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;page=0;query=Air%20Services%20(Aircraft%20Noise)%20Amendment%20Bill%202011%20%20Decade%3A%222010s%22%20Year%3A%222011%22;rec=4;resCount=Default