Buddina residents Jason Jordan, Eleanor Turra, Gwen Brown, Terry Boyce and Debe Crotty have grave fears for their suburb with the proposed flight paths and have called for a minor tweak in the departure take-offs.
Buddina residents Jason Jordan, Eleanor Turra, Gwen Brown, Terry Boyce and Debe Crotty have grave fears for their suburb with the proposed flight paths and have called for a minor tweak in the departure take-offs. John McCutcheon

Grave fears for suburb awaiting new airport runway

DESPITE assurances from Airservices Australia, residents in Buddina remain "frustrated" and in fear for the liveability of their suburb once the new runway is opened.

Residents say they're concerned that noise created by arriving and, more importantly, departing planes will impact day-to-day life.

The claims were dismissed by Airservices Australia who say flights will not directly travel over Buddina, or Point Cartwright.

Buddina resident of 20 years, Terry Boyce, and neighbours are also concerned the value of their property will fall with the increased traffic overhead.

"Conversation levels are 60 decibels and the number of flights could triple," Mr Boyce said.

"The situation here in Buddina will exacerbate with prevailing south easterly winds.

"I know other suburbs are concerned for house prices, we are too."

 

******DO NOT REORIENTATE IMAGE********Buddina residents have grave fears for their suburb with the proposed flight paths and have called for a minor tweak in the departure take-offs. Jason Jordan, Eleanor Turra, Gwen Brown, Terry Boyce and Debe Crotty.
Buddina residents have grave fears for their suburb with the proposed flight paths and have called for a minor tweak in the departure take-offs. Jason Jordan, Eleanor Turra, Gwen Brown, Terry Boyce and Debe Crotty. John McCutcheon

After consulting an independent aviation expert, the residents have offered Airservices Australia a proposal that would fix their concerns.

"On departure, once the planes hit the end of the runway, if they bank left 30 degrees, then the problem is fixed," Mr Boyce said.

"It takes six seconds to bank that much.

"We see it as a reasonable, rational solution.

"Other airports around the country do it too.

"It can really help us."

Residents calls for changes to the proposed flightpath were knocked back by Airservices Australia due to safety reasons.

"To meet international design standards that ensure safety, the proposal from Buddina cannot proceed," the spokesperson said.

"The Airservices design for the Runway 13 departure is safe, compliant, and minimises the effect of aircraft operations on the community."

Airservices Australia reiterated that Buddina would not be impacted directly.

"The communities of Buddina, including Point Cartwright, will no longer be directly overflown by jet operations when the new runway operations commence," an Airservices spokeswoman said.

"The flight paths will take aircraft over the water for both departures and arrivals - with the arrival flight path now approximately 2km to the east of the coastline.

"However these communities may continue to experience some aircraft operations depending on the season and the weather."