FLIGHT PATH FIASCO
Updated: Oct 19, 2020
Flight Path Forum (and PBCA) have been vindicated in our campaign against the disgraceful and flawed 'public consultation' process around the Sunshine Coast's new runway and flight paths.
These comments are from Federal member for Wide Bay, Llew O'Brien, who raised the matter in Federal Parliament this week.
Today I say thank you to Flight Path Forum which prepared excellent research into the proposed new flight paths for Sunshine Coast Airport. They identified numerous flaws in the assessment and consultation processes by nearly every agency involved.
I took these concerns to the Government and to Airservices Australia repeatedly, and I received repeated assurances that the agencies had done their jobs appropriately. I raised these concerns in the Parliament, and sought to have documents tabled, from hundreds of constituents detailing the problems.
Now we finally have the Air Noise Ombudsman’s report which provides a detailed critique of the flaws in the process and it has made strong recommendations vindicating Flight Path Forum’s work.
The ANO’s report goes to show that you don’t take a backward step even when the Government is telling you everything is fine. And clearly it was not.
Airservices Australia now has the opportunity to show it has learned its lessons and genuinely engage with Flight Path Forum.
I thank Flight Path Forum, the community and the ANO for their work and look forward to ASA honouring its implementation of ANO’s recommendations.