FLIGHT PATH REVIEW A START - BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH
19 Oct 2017
Airservices Australia’s commitment to review flight path changes at Hobart Airport is a good start but not enough, says Brian Mitchell MP.
“People affected by these changes deserve the opportunity to meet decision makers face-to-face and not be condemned to a never-ending loop of emails and website advisory updates.”
Mr Mitchell says he is hopeful that Airservices Australia will agree to meet with community members in order to hear concerns and listen to alternative suggestions.
“I am concerned that without a face-to-face meeting, such as a forum in Dunalley, the review will be a sham process, conducted behind closed doors, with the decision simply rubber-stamped.
Mr Mitchell said the community wanted to know:
- Why there was no full consultation, such as an invitation to attend a forum, before flight paths were changed on 14 September;
- Why safety was cited as the reason for the flight path changes when no safety incidents were reported on the former routes;
- Why alternative routes with less impact on homes and businesses were not considered suitable
“Airservices Australia may have very good reasons for why it chose to change the flight paths – it is important these reasons are fully explained, and that Airservices Australia remains open to sensible and realistic alternative suggestions.”
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19 OCTOBER 2017