Moorabbin Airport Resident's Association (MARA)
community who live, work and study around Moorabbin Airport has never
had an effective complaint mechanism for reporting the noise that is
generated by the airport.
the Moorabbin Airport Corporation, ASA or CASA have seen it as their
role to address the community’s issues regarding noise and its impact
on the community. Not surprisingly then, there has never been community
consultation, nor any effective management of aircraft noise.
believe Airservices Australia has failed in its duty to conduct open
and informed public consultation with the community affected by
Moorabbin Airport aircraft noise. We believe it has also failed
in its duty in several of the Senate Inquiry’s other Terms of
Reference, which we will address below. The result is a community which
is frustrated, ignored, powerless and lacking faith in Govt. Aircraft
Authorities - no one listens, no one helps.
Aspendale Resident Speaks About Moorabbin Aviation Noise
Managing Noise at the Source
will readily confirm that it has no involvement in aircraft noise as it
relates to community amenity and yet it is involved with Air
Navigation Regulations relating to noisy aircraft. Meanwhile
AirServices Australia endorses long range noise forecasts prepared by
the private business Moorabbin Airport Corporation (MAC) which impact
on local Council planning and your home.
Who Puts The Measurements Into Context & How?
noise management requires context, using a similar approach to that
applied by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Currently
there is no attempt to measure & manage aircraft noise by first
considering the perspective and requirements of sensitive urban
areas which are affected by aviation activity. So while there is
little consideration of human ecology and reduced quality of life,
believe it or not there are actually documented aircraft procedures
relating to noise abatement for breeding sea birds, whales and national
Measurements Alone Don’t Solve The Problems
Even if AirServices had the right data it's not motivated to do anything about it.
Irrational Aviation Procedures Underpin Much Of The Noise Issue
In many cases a simple rethink of common procedures would greatly reduce noise pollution from aviation. Circuit and entry altitudes within the Moorabbin Control Zone, particularly for helicopters are a case in point.
The Problem Is Much Bigger Than Any One Department
are conflicting interests and fragmented poorly communicating
departments within Aviation. AirServices is just one of the many
stake holders. The AirServices Webtrak
system is nothing more than an expensive and fairly meaningless PR
exercise and doesnt provide the community with proper information
about aircraft activity or identification and a large percentage of
aircraft do not show up on the tracking system because either they dont
have transponders or they dont operate them.
There Are Solutions, but Who Is Listening?
there really a desire to see effectiveness in the management of
aircraft noise and if so why is the enquiry limited to AirServices
Australia? It appears that no department has the authority or enthusiasm to become involved with even the most obvious issues and solutions.
ANO - Really? I Don't Think So!
What does the ANO (Aviation Noise Ombudsman) contribute to basic
standards of amenity for the community. Fundamental to its
charter is the propagation of aviation interests - how is that supposed
to work? If tax payer dollars can be used to create institutions
which support aviation interests does it seem reasonable that some of
those dollars could be spent on a genuinely independent institution to
represent community interests?