New trial aims to ease aircraft noise in Brisbane after community anger

Thousands of Brisbane residents will avoid noisy aircraft disturbances under a new trial to divert more planes over Moreton Bay.

Airservices Australia and the Brisbane Airport Corporation have agreed to three measures in response to community anger over flight paths.

During the 12-month trial, more flights will be directed over Moreton Bay during weekends and planes will fly at higher altitudes on departure.

Pilots will also remain on an agreed flight path until they reach 10,000 feet to help ease residents’ noise complaints.

The trial is expected to start in the first half of this year.

Over 380 submissions were received since September last year, prompting action from the federal government.

Camera IconBrisbane residents from Hendra, Hamilton and New Farm protest against excessive aircraft noise. Credit: NCA NewsWire

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce made the announcement on Wednesday following the release of the first quarterly report of a government-established independent community forum.

“The government acted decisively to ensure community concerns over aircraft noise issues since the new runway opened at Brisbane Airport are heard loud and clear” Mr Joyce said.

“The forum has undertaken extensive consultation with those impacted and we are very pleased with the progress made to date and the recommendations put forward”

As Brisbane reaches pre-COVID capacity, the City will see more than a doubling of the frequency of aircraft fly-overs as well as more severe noise pollution from larger international aircraft. Image credit: BFPCA
Camera IconAs Brisbane reaches pre-Covid capacity, the city will see more than a doubling of the frequency of aircraft flyovers as well as more severe noise pollution from larger international aircraft. Image: BFPCA Credit: NCA NewsWire

Brisbane MP Trevor Evans said the report identified many of the concerns raised by residents about aircraft noise.

“The forum has identified both immediate and long-term changes that will mitigate unnecessary and unreasonable aircraft noise, and I look forward to those measures being implemented as quickly as possible,” Mr Evans said.

“I am pleased that Brisbane residents voices in suburbs like Hendra, Hamilton and New Farm are being heard and have led to these strong recommendations”

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