Facebook used in airport noise fight
A FACEBOOK page has appeared to give Tweed Heads West residents a collective voice on aircraft noise.
The Airsewerage Australia Facebook page was the brainchild of Ben Cullen and aims to be a medium for people living in Tweed Heads West to discuss the noise issues from aircraft arriving and departing from Gold Coast Airport.
"People are not organised because of misleading and confusing information about the problem," Mr Cullen said.
"There is a very narrow corridor in Tweed Heads West that gets hit hard. Being a few hundred meters either way of that corridor and the noise is about 50% less."
Mr Cullen said despite the narrow corridor the density of Tweed Heads West meant a lot of people were affected.
"It's a big group of people," he said.
"If I can get an organised group here in Tweed Heads West then I can say 'hey let's work with other groups and join together'.
Mr Cullen said the residents to the south of the airport had to deal with damage to their homes from vibrations and he wants body corporates to voice their concerns.
"There has to be someone out there saying 'yes we have a problem, let's get together and solve it'."
The Facebook page is another voice in the growing discontent about noise from aircraft arriving and departing from the southern end of the Gold Coast Airport runway.
At a Fingal Head community meeting last week residents voiced their concerns about aircraft noise over the village.
Airservices, who did not attend the Fingal Head meeting, are responsible for flight paths around the Gold Coast Airport.
Airservices community relations group senior advisor James Goodwin told a Community Aviation Consultation Group Meeting on October 26 that the authority was focusing on community engagement.