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Fingal group maintains pressure on aircraft noise

FINGAL Head campaigners against aircraft noise have asked residents to record and lodge complaints whenever they see aircraft.

Fingal Head Community Association distributed an email to members reminding them "to log at least one aircraft a week that you see flying over Fingal Head".

The email included an attachment containing a summary of aircraft that were recorded flying over the village from July 21-27.

"We really need to keep the pressure on at this point in time," the email said.

"Airservices Australia are only counting the number of people who complain now not the amount of aircraft that are logged."

Airservices, who manage and monitor aircraft noise to and from Gold Coast Airport, said the authority took a holistic approach to complaints and considered but the number of complains and number of aircraft.

"We treat all aircraft noise complaints seriously and we will continue to try and provide relevant, clear and transparent information on issues raised by the community," a spokeswoman said

Fingal Head Community Association president Dawn Walker said the intention of the email was to encourage frustrated residents.

"Ms (Karen) Morrison (author of the email) clearly states that residents only log a complaint about aircraft "that you see flying over Fingal Head"," Ms Walker said.

"You have to appreciate that residents are very frustrated with the continued increase of heavy loud jet aircraft over their homes and the long term impact this is having on themselves, visitors and the protected environment.

"We are not the only community expressing our concerns about these issues.

"Our neighbours in Kingscliff, Banora Point, East Banora, Cudgen, Chinderah, and Tweed Heads are also experiencing increased aircraft noise and pollution.

"But the government is not listening."

The spokeswoman said the authority was aware of the issues at Fingal.

"However, it is important to note that there are ongoing community expectations which are unlikely to be met," the spokeswoman said.

"Fingal Head is currently overflown by approximately 5.5 to 6% of jet traffic, considerably lower in comparison to other areas around the Gold Coast.

"Any adjustments to flight paths away from Fingal Head will also impact on other communities.

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