ADJOURNMENT – Moorabbin Airport: pilot training – Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Posted on 17. May, 2011 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister responsible for the Aviation Industry in relation to the latest increase in pilot student numbers at Moorabbin Airport of an additional 200 students. The action I seek is for the minister to adopt the position of Kingston City Council as reported in the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader of 13 March, which states that Kingston council wants the training to end by 2030, with helicopter training to be phased out by 2015. In that article, Kingston council is also reported as saying:

Pilot training hours should be limited to weekdays between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m., and banned on weekends and public holidays.

I urge the minister to adopt this position as well. The article goes on to say:

In recent years, there have been several incidents involving training aircraft in Kingston residential areas and within the airport boundary. A trainee pilot was killed in a midair collision over Cheltenham in 2008.

I received the minister’s media release of 25 March this year applauding and heralding the extra capacity at the airport, and I quote:

The Baillieu government is actively supporting the growth of our state’s aviation and aerospace industries in both domestic and international markets, including pilot training —

at Moorabbin Airport.

This is news to my community in Clayton South and Clarinda and also to the community in the neighbouring area of Dingley Village. These communities live under the flight paths and experience noise on a daily basis. I would like the minister to explain what sort of consultation with the community was undertaken to form the position outlined in the media release. Did he even speak to residents in the cities of Greater Dandenong and Kingston to see what their views were? I think the answer is no. Does the minister agree that his support of the increase in training at Moorabbin Airport goes against the will of the community and the councils that are at the coalface and that experience the effects of living so close to the airport?

I ask the minister to acknowledge the comments of the Dingley Village Community Association which stated very clearly in a recent submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural Affairs and Transport that it believed the community should be meaningfully consulted if there is going to be a change in the current situation and that the community should be given an opportunity to have some input into managing noise and safety issues which are a real source of frustration and annoyance.

The Moorabbin Airport Residents Association has said that no‑one listens and no‑one helps. I invite the minister to come to my community so that he can start listening — —

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Nardella) — Order! The member’s time has expired.

 

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