Page 3641 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 26 August 2008

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I mentioned the forum that Dr Foskey sponsored. I would like to take this opportunity to advise members that during the forum the mayor of Queanbeyan made some statements about aircraft traffic in relation to developments and said that the developments in Queanbeyan—in particular, Jerrabomberra—had no effect on the traffic for the Canberra airport.

I have spoken to the airport controller and you will see from the plan that, in fact, air traffic does have an effect. Because of complaints from Jerrabomberra residents about aircraft noise, flights that are capable of coming in on the ILS deviate from the normal approach to the airport and go slightly south to move away from Jerrabomberra before then returning to the normal approach to Canberra airport. So it is important that we have all the facts on the table when looking at the master plan.

The Minister for Planning noted that the Australian government has recently released a national aviation policy issues paper which seeks submissions on a wide range of aviation-related policy issues. It is expected that the matters raised by the ACT government and the state and Northern Territory governments will be given full consideration.

The Australian government has advised that the issues paper has been prepared as a basis for consultation and engagement and to encourage industry and community input to assist the Australian government’s development of a national aviation policy statement. The Australian government has further advised that the purpose of the national aviation policy statement is to provide greater planning and investment certainty for the industry and to provide clear commitments for the users of aviation services and communities affected by aviation activity.

Submissions on the issues paper will contribute to the development of a NAPS green paper that will be released in late 2008. Following the release of the green paper there will be a further opportunity for stakeholder input prior to the development of a NAPS white paper by mid-2009.

In response to the proposed green paper on the national aviation policy statement, on 4 July 2008 the ACT government provided a submission to the federal government. The ACT submission, along with all other submissions that were received, has been made publicly available by the federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

The ACT submission addresses a wide range of issues related to the aviation sector, including planning and airport development issues. The submission indicated that, while the government supports the Canberra International Airport as an important element of the ACT’s economy, expansion of the airport must be well planned and managed to take into account a range of impacts, including economic, social, environment and heritage impacts.

The submission indicates that the ACT supports the adoption of a new model of airport planning regulation in order to improve metropolitan planning outcomes and airport-government relations. This would involve the federal minister for transport

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