DEAFENING: Principal of Fingal Head public school Matthew Jacobson and Year 1 students Montana McKlennan, Charli Belhaw, Savanna Phillips and Birren Slabb are all concerned about increasing aircraft noise.
DEAFENING: Principal of Fingal Head public school Matthew Jacobson and Year 1 students Montana McKlennan, Charli Belhaw, Savanna Phillips and Birren Slabb are all concerned about increasing aircraft noise. John Gasstwenoise

Aircraft noise distracting Fingal

NOISE from planes flying over Fingal is distracting children and making it harder for them to learn, a public meeting has been told.

Fingal Head Public School principal Matthew Jacobson told the Fingal Head Community Association meeting the noise was also a safety risk for students crossing the road and could be causing families with children to move away from the area.

Mr Jacobson said the aircraft noise was also having negative effects on indigenous culture.

"That is something which should be included in the draft master plan," Gold Coast Airport chief executive officer Paul Donovan said.

"Gold Coast Airport listened to all the community's concerns and encouraged attendees, including the Fingal Head principal, to submit formal feedback during the master plan's public consultation period (until December 5).

"It is important to note that all formal feedback received by Gold Coast Airport will be included in the plan's submission to the New South Wales Transport Minister for approval.

"Airservices (Australia) are the responsible entity for flight paths and subsequent aircraft noise as a result of those flight paths."

The fact the Federal Government-owned Airservices, which was not represented at the meeting, was responsible for flight paths inspired a local question.

"We have five of you here tonight addressing an issue over which you have no control - is that right?" the resident asked. The question was met by silence from airport representatives.

Airservices senior adviser Matt Wardell said there had always been a flight path over Fingal and a "fairly spectacular" increase in air traffic had increased complaints. He said Airservices had been engaging with communities, including those with opposing views to that of the community association, and said the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman's September 2011 report reflected residents' concerns.

The report admitted in the past six months the Ombudsman's office had received a number of complaints across a range of issues.



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