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2017-04-19 

Moderinising Airspace Protection submission 

In December 2016, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in consultation with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia (Airservices) and the Department of Defence (Defence), released a consultation paper which outlined three proposals to modernise airspace protection in Australia. The consultation paper was on exhibition to 28 February 2017.

UDIA made a submission which seeks to improve regulations regarding controlled airspace and property development in affected areas. UDIA’s submission aims to:

-          Improve the transparency of the protected airspace prescription process

-          Remove blanket height limits for high-rise developments and move towards a necessity-based system of airspace control

-          Streamline the airspace intrusion application process

Amend the Civil Aviation Act to remove outdated provisions and unnecessary restrictions on airspace in growth areas.

UDIA supports the existing method of forecasting noise (ANEF AS 2021) and is opposed to the proposal to replace the existing scheme with the National Airports Safeguarding Framework (NASF). The NASF proposal threatens the supply of new housing by prohibiting any residential development where there are more than 100 daily aircraft noise ‘events’ above 60dB – about the volume of normal conversation.

A copy of UDIA’s submission can be found here.

For more information and a copy of the Commonwealth Government’s consultation paper head to the website https://infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/airspace_protection/index.aspx