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8 December 2021

 

 

 

 

 


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CITY OF BUSSELTON

Late Items FOR THE Council MEETING TO BE HELD ON 8 December 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ITEM NO.                                        SUBJECT                                                                                                                              PAGE NO.

8....... Confirmation and Receipt Of Minutes. 3

Committee Meetings. 3

8.4          Minutes of the Airport Advisory Committee Meeting held 1 December 2021. 3

12..... Reports of Committee. 4

12.7        Airport Advisory Committee - 1/12/2021 - BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT - NOISE MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW... 4

12.8        Airport Advisory Committee - 1/12/2021 - BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT - AIRPORT UPDATE. 106

 


Council                                                                                      16                                                             8 December 2021

8.               Confirmation and Receipt Of Minutes 

Committee Meetings

8.4             Minutes of the Airport Advisory Committee Meeting held 1 December 2021

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the Airport Advisory Committee Meeting held 1 December 2021 be noted.

 


 

12.             Reports of Committee

12.7           Airport Advisory Committee - 1/12/2021 - BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT - NOISE MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW

STRATEGIC THEME

OPPORTUNITY - A vibrant City with diverse opportunities and a prosperous economy.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY

3.4 Develop aviation opportunities at the Busselton Margaret River Airport.

SUBJECT INDEX

Busselton Margaret River Airport

BUSINESS UNIT

Commercial Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Manager Economic and Business Development Services - Jennifer May

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director, Community and Commercial Services - Naomi Searle

NATURE OF DECISION

Executive: Substantial direction setting, including adopting budgets, strategies, plans and policies (excluding local planning policies); funding, donations and sponsorships; reviewing committee recommendations

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment a   BMRA Noise Management Plan January 2019 Track Changes

Attachment b    Draft BMRA Noise Management Plan January 2022

 

This item was considered by the Airport Advisory Committee at its meeting on 1/12/2021, the recommendations from which have been included in this report.

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council:

1.         Notes the process undertaken to date to review the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan (NMP) as required by Ministerial Statement 1088 including:

(a)       Noise monitoring results;

(b)       Noise amelioration assessments and/or implementation;

(c)       Number of complaints received and actions taken to resolve complaints;

(d)       Published flight paths to minimize impacts; and

(e)       The findings of the review to determine the effectiveness of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan, and whether amendments to the Plan are required.

2.         Notes the draft NMP (January 2022) and endorses it to be advertised for public comment as outlined in this report, with the following amendments recommended by the Committee:

a)         On page 43 (first paragraph), the addition of the words “City of Busselton” added before the word “website”;

b)        On page 43, the first sentence of the second paragraph be amended to read “The ANECs and N70 contours will be used by the City’s Strategic Planning department in future land use planning and town planning scheme amendments to protect both the community and future amenity for noise sensitive land users.”

c)         On page 53 (bullet-points 3 and 4), the addition of the words “City of Busselton” before the word “website”;

 

d)        On page 57 (fifth bullet-point), the words “Prosecuting serial non-compliant aircraft operators” be changed to “infringe in accordance with City of Busselton local laws serial non-compliant aircraft operators”; and

e)        The addition of a reference to the Airport’s special control zone to note that “the City has and will apply Airport notifications on the land titles”.

3.         Notes that where further amendments to the draft NMP (January 2022) are required as a result of public comment, the draft NMP (January 2022) will be brought back to Council prior to submitting a report to the CEO of the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority.

Reasons:      The Committee sought some administrative changes to the Noise Management Plan for clarity and the addition of a reference to the Airport notifications that the City holds and will apply to land titles.

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council:

1.         Notes the process undertaken to date to review the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan (NMP) as required by Ministerial Statement 1088 including:

(a)       Noise monitoring results;

(b)       Noise amelioration assessments and/or implementation;

(c)       Number of complaints received and actions taken to resolve complaints;

(d)       Published flight paths to minimize impacts; and

(e)       The findings of the review to determine the effectiveness of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan, and whether amendments to the Plan are required.

2.         Notes the draft NMP (January 2022) and endorses it to be advertised for public comment as outlined in this report.

3.         Notes that where further amendments to the draft NMP (January 2022) are required as a result of public comment, the draft NMP (January 2022) will be brought back to Council prior to submitting a report to the CEO of the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides the recommendations resulting from the review of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan version 2 (January 2019) and a draft Noise Management Plan (January 2022) to be advertised for public comment and stakeholder consultation prior to a report being submitted to the CEO of the Office for the Environmental Protection Authority by 7 April 2022.

 

BACKGROUND

The concept of a Noise Management Plan (NMP) for the Busselton Margaret River Airport (BMRA) was first initiated in 2009 when environmental consulting firm Strategen was engaged to prepare a draft NMP. This was in response to the first fly in-fly out (FIFO) services commencing at the then Busselton Regional Airport and the need to address the restrictive hours of operations and conditions specified in Ministerial Statement 399, approved by the Minister for the Environment (October 1995).


 

The key elements of Statement 399 that the then Shire of Busselton was looking to revise and seek approval from the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA) and Minister for the Environment were:

 

4.1       The proponent shall ensure that noise emissions from the aerodrome, including emissions from aircraft using the aerodrome, are effectively managed.

 

4.2       To achieve the objectives of condition 4.1, at all times during the operation of the aerodrome, the proponent shall ensure that noise emissions from the aerodrome activities, including emissions from aircraft using the aerodrome, do not cause noise levels at any residential premises in occupation to exceed an average of 55 dB(A)Ldn or a maximum of 65 dB LA slow, unless a specific variation to the maximum noise level is agreed to by the Minister for the Environment on advice of the Department of Environment and Conservation and following consultation with relevant agencies.

 

4.3       Where a variation has been granted by the Minister for the Environment, as referred to in condition 4.2, the variation may only apply for operation between 0700 hours and 2200 hours, and the proponent shall ensure that the maximum noise level does not exceed 80 dB La slow and that the number of flights is limited.

 

A variation, described in condition 4.3, had been granted by the Minister for the Environment to allow two (2) flights per day between the hours of 0700 and 2200 with aircraft noise to be limited to 80 dB(A) to enable the first Skywest Airlines Fokker100 fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) operations to commence.

 

The draft NMP was further developed by the Airport Advisory Group (AAG) and in July 2010 was presented to the Council for consideration. Furthermore, at this time the AAG was transitioned to an official committee of the Council, the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC), with four nominated Councillors. In October 2010, the newly formed AAC requested City staff to review and update the draft NMP (developed by the AAG) and present a final draft to the Council for endorsement prior to being submitted to the OEPA for consideration. A final draft version of the NMP was presented to the Council for endorsement on 15 December 2010, followed by submission to the OEPA on 1 February 2011.

 

A lengthy consultation period occurred with the OEPA, including a public consultation period, prior to a final NMP being submitted to the OEPA Board for consideration and referral to the Minister of the Environment; Water for approval. The City of Busselton’s Noise Management Plan (June 2012) was approved as part of Ministerial Statement 901 on 22 June 2012.

 

In accordance with Condition 4 of Statement 901, the City of Busselton had the opportunity to review and submit proposed amendments or updates to the NMP. Following Council endorsement at its meeting on 28 August 2013, City officers submitted a proposed amended NMP to the OEPA for assessment in September 2013. The OEPA assessment resulted in the proposed amendments being resubmitted by the City of Busselton in March 2014 and following further discussions with the OEPA, the City of Busselton submitted a final revised version of the NMP in December 2014, which came into effect in July 2015.

 

In June 2015, the State Government committed to funding the upgrade of the BRA which required environmental approvals from the Minister of the Environment; Heritage. The environmental approvals required the City to undertake a full review of the NMP (2015) resulting in in the draft NMP (2016) that was then advertised for public comment in March 2016. Following Council consideration of the public submissions received and endorsement of the draft NMP (2016), the City applied to OEPA to amend the proposal description as described in Ministerial Statement 901 and submit the revised draft NMP (2016) that would allow for proposed interstate and international jet air services resulting from the State Government funded Airport Development Project.

Following extensive consultation with the OEPA, the City was notified in November 2016 that the level of environmental assessment for the BMRA Development Project (the Airport Expansion Proposal) was to be a Public Environmental Review (PER).

 

The determination for a PER referral process for the operational components of the Development Project provided a further opportunity for the City to review the draft NMP (2016) and incorporate comments and feedback received from the community and airport stakeholders resulting in the draft NMP (2017). The 2017 version included changes to the Standard Hours of Operations, Flight Training Guidelines and Noise Amelioration Criteria which was then advertised for public comment, in addition to extensive noise modelling, flight path analysis and community consultation. Following Council endorsement of the draft NMP (2017) the City submitted a draft Environmental Review Document (ERD) including the draft NMP (2017) and public submissions to the OEPA for review and comment as part of the PER process. Following considerable engagement with the OEPA, the amended NMP was approved on 27 December 2018 (version 1 May 2018) in accordance with Ministerial Statement 1088 by the Minister for Environment; Disability Services.  Subsequent to this a number of minor, non-material amendments were made to the NMP in early 2019, resulting in the current version of the NMP (version 2 January 2019).

 

The current version of the NMP has been in place for just under three years and has enabled the City to manage the BMRA operations effectively. In accordance with Statement 1088, the Airport team are required to monitor and report to the OEPA any operational non-compliances, which may include aircraft movements outside of the approved operating hours, any unauthorised flight training, and aircraft noise breaches.  As part of this process, the City is required to submit annual compliance reports outlining the effectiveness of the NMP to the OEPA. 

 

Statement 1088 not only includes the conditions for managing noise emissions from the BMRA but also the requirements for the review of the NMP. Condition 6 Review of NMP, included in Statement 1088 outlines the following:

 

6-1      Within three months of each three year period, from the date of issue of this Statement, the proponent shall submit a report to the CEO which reviews the effectiveness of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan 2018 (version 1, May 2018) or any subsequent approved versions, in achieving the objective of condition 5-1.

 

6-2      The report required by condition 6-1 shall include, but not be limited to:

1)        Noise monitoring results;

2)        Noise amelioration assessments and/or implementation;

3)        Number of complaints received and actions taken to resolve complaints;

4)        Published flight paths to minimize impacts; and

5)        The findings of the review to determine the effectiveness of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan 2018 (version1, May 2018) or any subsequent approved revisions, and whether amendments to the Plan are required.

 

Further, ‘Chapter 9.2 Review Process’ of the NMP details the process which is to be undertaken every three years in conjunction with the AAC (or its equivalent replacement at any future time).  The NMP states that the review will be undertaken in consultation with key stakeholders, including the community, industry, government agencies, and airport users.

 


 

The results of the review and any proposed changes to the NMP are then be advertised for public comment in the local newspapers following Council's consideration of the recommended changes.  It is noted that proposed amendments to the NMP may require approval under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 or other relevant Acts depending on the extent of the proposed changes.

This report outlines the review process completed to date, further actions still to be completed and a revised, draft NMP to be advertised for public comment and distributed to BMRA stakeholders for comment.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

A report presented to the AAC in October 2021 outlined the following to be consider in the review process:

 

1.         How the development opportunities for the airport have been pursued;

2.         Whether the flight paths and noise abatement zones need updating;

3.         Whether the standard hours of operation need to be adjusted;

4.         How well noise emissions associated with the airport have been managed, which will include consideration of noise monitoring data, complaints statistics and compliance information; and

5.         The review will also include a review of the Fly Neighbourly Agreement and the Flight Training Guidelines.

 

A review has now been completed and this report provides an update on the officers’ findings and recommendations.

 

BMRA Development Opportunities

Over the last three years, the City has achieved significant development milestones relating to the BMRA. The BMRA Development Project commenced in 2016 and comprised two main phases - the airside development works and landside works. Both phases have been completed with the exception of the new terminal building.

The airside works, completed in 2018 comprised the following:

·        Runway: extended from 1800m to 2460m; widened from 30m to 45m and strengthened from PCN 20 to 58;

·        Central apron: expanded from 3 x Code 3C to 4 x Code 4C apron bays;

·        Southern Apron: newly constructed 3 x Code 4C bays and 1x Code 4E bay;

·        Taxiways: newly constructed Code 4E strength Alpha and Bravo;  Charlie upgraded to Code 4C

·        General Aviation precinct: newly constructed taxiway Delta Code B; 2 x aprons and 34 hangar lots ready for hanger construction and lease;

·        Newly constructed RESAs and runway strip upgraded;

·        Newly installed AGL and double sided PAPIs and Central/Southern Apron lighting;

·        Relocated and upgraded AWIS;

·        Drainage and dam enlarged; and

·        Airside Security fencing ad gates in place.

 


 

The landside works completed in March 2019 included:

·        Existing terminal expansion;

·        Newly constructed arrivals hall;

·        New 422 bay public car park and car parking system;

·        Upgraded transport operators car park;

·        Internal road networks and entry statement; and

·        Water, power, and communications services extended/ installed to the BMRA site.

 

Operational developments achieved by the City also included the implementation of Tier 2 classified security screening, new flight paths, and new Wildlife Hazard Management Plan and procedures.

 

In addition to the airside and landside works, the City has developed seven serviced lots available for aviation and/or commercial businesses, four with direct airside access in the BMRA Industrial and Commercial Precinct which are now being advertised through a request for proposal process.

 

The City also secured direct Jetstar domestic RPT services to Melbourne in 2019 which were due to commence in March 2020 however have been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and border restrictions that have been in place. Jetstar services are expected to commence in February 2022.

 

Closed charter services supporting mining resources operations in the North West have increased significantly from 12 services per week in 2019 to currently 20 FIFO services a week, with the 2020/2021 financial year recording a high of 40,000 passengers passing through the BMRA.

 

The BMRA has also been designated as the Department of Fire, Emergency Services (DFES) firefighting base for both the Helitac (helicopter) and Large Air Tanker (LAT) aircraft to respond to fire and emergency incidents during the WA bushfire season. The City has leased and licenced DFES to setup fire retardant equipment and base aircraft at the BMRA to ensure a rapid response for Perth and the South West region.

 

The 2021/2022 financial year will see further development with the first three general aviation hangars to be constructed in the General Aviation Precinct, with the expectation that additional hangar construction will follow. The City is also undertaking two capital works projects with extending the central apron to allow for drive in drive out operations on bay 11 and relocating the Royal Flying Doctor Service patient transfer station to the Emergency Precinct.

 

Over the past three years, the City has pursued and delivered significant infrastructure and business development upgrades at the BMRA with positive outcomes to date, and more still to be realised in 2022 onwards.  

 

Flight Paths and Noise Abatement Zones

New flight paths were designed and implemented for the commencement of RPT services and use by the larger A320 aircraft. The use of the new flight paths are not mandatory for non-RPT aircraft and hence there is no flight data available at this time to assess how effective the new flight paths have been. The commencement of RPT flights will provide flight and noise data such that the flight paths can be assessed. A review of the BMRA noise contours should also be undertaken once this flight path and noise data is available.

 


 

A desktop review of the noise abatement zones has been undertaken and officers are proposing not to amend the noise abatement zones at this time as the existing zones include recent urban development areas such as Provence and Via Vasse. However, if the public consultation highlights any new areas not included then this can be reassessed prior to reporting to the OEPA.

 

It is therefore proposed they are reviewed within 12 months from commencement of the RPT services due to start in February 2022.

 

Standard Hours of Operation

The standard hours of operations are considered to be appropriate for the current charter schedules and at this time the proposed RPT flight schedules to commence in 2022. The only potential change that could be considered is to extend the operating hours for Open, Closed Charters, RPT / Commercial Operators from 0600-0000 hours to 0500-0000 hours to provide additional flexibility for the FIFO closed charters. This could be considered a substantial, material change by the OEPA and require updated noise contour and assessment reporting to be provided. While officers believe there is benefit in obtaining the additional flexibility it may be more advantageous to wait until the RPT services have commenced and new N-contour and noise assessment reports are prepared at this time.

 

As such, officers propose no amendments are made to the standard hours of operations at this time and that they are reviewed within 12 months from commencement of the RPT services due to start in February 2022.   

 

Noise Monitoring and Emissions

The City’s Environmental Health department recently completed noise monitoring in August- September 2021 at two locations in the vicinity of the BMRA; one directly to the north and one south of the runway. The noise loggers were positioned to capture aircraft arrivals and departures for both Fokker100 (F100) and A320 aircraft. At the time of the monitoring there were 16 scheduled closed charter flights per week using jet aircraft, of which only two flights per week were using A320 aircraft. The noise monitoring performed in August/September only captured one A320 flight (with a reading of 69.1 LASmax arriving from the south) and hence a representative sample of data is not available for the A320 aircraft.

The data collected, did however provide results for the F100 aircraft which indicated that the highest decibel reading was 79.2 LASmax for a F100 aircraft arriving at 0650 hours from the north of the airport. The average decibel reading for arrivals and departures (including from both the north and the south) in the morning was 70 dB and the average for the afternoon and evening was 72 dB. Based on the noise data collected to date, there have been no exceedances of the maximum decibel level of 85dB as defined in the NMP.

An external consultant has been engaged to assist with further noise monitoring which will commence from the beginning of December for four weeks and capture recordings for the A320 and F100 aircraft. Further noise monitoring will be performed once the RPT services commence in February 2022.

Reviewing the number of non-compliances with the standard hours of operation and also the total number of complaints received over the past three years (table below), officers are of the opinion that noise is being effectively managed through the current NMP and conditions. With respect to the number of noise complaints recorded for 2020/2021, seven of the nine complaints were from one resident and the remaining two complaints from two separate individuals (one relating to a military aircraft and the other to a DFES large air tanker involved in the Perth firefighting operations in 2021, both aircraft operations are exempt under the NMP).


 

Year

# Non-compliances reported

Summary resulting actions

OEPA further action

#  noise complaints / year

17/18

4

All operators contacted and informed of non-compliance

No

8

18/19

3

All operators contacted and informed of non-compliance

No

8

19/20

2

All operators contacted and informed of non-compliance

No

 

 

3

20/21

4

All operators contacted and informed of non-compliance

No

9

 

Based on the above information, officers are of the opinion that aircraft noise is being effectively managed at the BMRA through the existing NMP guidelines. Further noise monitoring is required to be able to make an assessment of the overall noise footprint of the BMRA and comparison against the noise contours and modelling that has previously been completed. This assessment can be completed within 12 months from commencement of the RPT services due to start in February 2022 once additional noise monitoring has been conducted.   

 

Fly Neighbourly Agreement and Flight Training Guidelines

The existing Fly Neighbourly Agreement (FNA) has been in place for the last three years and all operators using the BMRA on a regular basis are requested to sign the FNA. To date no complaints have been received nor have any concerns or issues with operators with not adhering to the FNA been raised. As such, officers propose no change to the FNA.

 

Officers have consulted with the Busselton Aero Club on the Flight Training Guidelines, who are the only flight training operator permitted to operate at the BMRA, and based on their feedback are proposing two amendments to the flight training guidelines.

 

1.    The first proposed change is to amend the aircraft type permitted for flight training from ‘single engine aircraft under 1500kgs MTOW only’ to ‘single engine, non-turbine aircraft only’. The justification is that weight is not necessarily the best metric to use with the noise difference between a 1500kg aircraft and a 2000kg aircraft often being marginal with the main differences in noise resulting from factors such as make and model, engine size, airframe design and modifications.

2.    The second proposed change is to increase the number of flight training hours for each instructor per week from 25 to 35 hours per week. The Busselton Aero Cub have requested this change to allow for efficiency in relation to longer lessons such as navigation training.

 

Officers have no objections to the requested changes. The flight training performed by the Busselton Aero Club does not generate any complaints or concerns from the community and is an important part of their activities that they offer to the community and allows the Club to generate revenue in order to be sustainable into the future.

 


 

Noise Management Plan (NMP)

The current NMP document is a lengthy and wordy document that was prepared at a time when history and context for the plan was necessary. The NMP has now been in place since 2012 and feedback received from operators is that the document is ‘long’ and ‘difficult’ to find the relevant information for their operations. Hence officers are of the view that a condensed version, incorporating the key criteria for managing noise emissions at the BMRA should be implemented. As such, officers have completed a review and propose the key sections relating to understanding noise, airport operational activities, noise complaints, assessment and monitoring, noise amelioration, communication and consultation, and implementation and review are generally unchanged. However it is proposed that other sections that relate to the development objectives of the NMP, principles and statement of intent are removed as these may be better placed in an airport master plan or more strategic document. The NMP should be succinct document that allows airport users and the community to access the relevant operational and noise information easily. The following table highlights were chapters have been removed or amended:

 

NMP January 2019

NMP Proposed Draft

 

Chapter heading

Section heading

Chapter heading

Section heading

Comment

1. Introduction and Background

 

Introduction

 

Included objectives

 

Noise Context

 

Understanding Noise

 

Changed from “Description of noise and perceived nuisance” to “Definition of sound and noise”

 

Structure of Document

 

 

Removed  - Not needed

 

Background

 

 

Removed to appendix – historical background to BRA and development project

2. Principles and Statement of Intent

Objectives for BRA development

 

 

Removed to appendix – historical background to development project

 

A Balanced Approach

 

Who is responsible for noise?

Removed to appendix – replaced with Context to ICAO and organisations responsible for noise management

 

Limitations

 

 

Removed – included in other sections throughout the document

 

Statement of Intent

 

 

Removed  -  BMRA Strategic objectives and more aligned with Master Plan than NMP


 

3. Management of operational Activities

 

Airport Operational Activities

 

 

Flight Training Guidelines

Aircraft Operations Classifications

Flight Training Guidelines

Aircraft Type

Amended from Single engine aircraft under 1500kgs MTOW only to Single engine non-turbine aircraft only

 

Frequency & Type of Use

Flight Training

 

Instructor cumulative hours changed from 25hrs/week/instructor to 35hrs/week/instructor

Added MS criteria for overflying wetlands

 

Flying heights for Training operations

 

 

Removed CASA guidelines on height restrictions over rural and urban areas  - set by CASA

 

Aircraft Noise management

 

 

Removed – included in Who is responsible for Noise?

 

Activities requiring City approval

 

 

Removed – duplication with Standard hours of operation

 

Approval for Charter and RPT Operations

 

 

Removed – duplication of Standard Hours or Operation

 

Approval for Flight Training or Licence Renewal Training

 

 

Removed – duplication of Standard Hours or Operations & Flight Training Guidelines

4. Noise Complaints

 

Noise Complaints

 

Updated to reflect roles and responsibilities for aircraft noise complaints

5. Noise Assessment & Monitoring

 

Noise Assessment & Monitoring

 

 

 

Noise Monitoring

 

Noise Monitoring

Amended to remove duplication of text and table.

 

Noise modelling

 

Noise Measurement

Updated to reflect better/current wording


 

6. Noise Amelioration

 

 

 

 

 

Noise Context

 

 

Removed – covered in other chapters

 

Noise reduction and Amelioration measures

 

Noise reduction and Amelioration measures

Updated to reflect better/current wording

7. Land Use Planning

 

 

 

Chapter removed as this should be covered in the Airport master Plan and Strategic documents

8. Communication & Consultation

 

Communication & Consultation

 

Updated were relevant

9. Implementation & Review

 

Implementation & Review

 

Updated were relevant

 

Compliance Framework

 

Compliance Framework

Updated to remove Land based activities and Activates in Airspace which are covered in other chapters

 

A tracked changes version of the current BMRA NMP version 2 – January 2019 can be viewed in Attachment A.  A clean version of the draft NMP January 2022 can be viewed in Attachment B.

 

Statutory Environment

The BMRA Noise Management Plan (version 2 January 2019) was approved by the then Minister for the Environment; Disability Services after review and consideration by the Environmental Protection Authority. Compliance reporting and review of the NMP is defined under Ministerial Statement 1088.

 

Relevant Plans and Policies

The officer recommendation aligns to the following adopted plan or policy:

·        Ministerial Statement 1088

·        Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan (version2 January 2019)

·        Busselton Margaret River Airport Compliance Assessment Plan (Version 2) (CAP) (23 September 2019)

 

Financial Implications

The financial implications associated with the officer recommendation are staff time, advertising in the local media and preparation of materials and printing for public consultation, all of which can be funded from the Airport Operations budget.

 


 

Stakeholder Consultation

The following public consultation activities are proposed as part of the NMP review process:

 

Who

Forum

Description

BMRA airline users

Individual meetings

·    Discuss use of flight paths

·    Hours of operations

·    Flight training

·    Noise abatement zones

·    Fly neighbourly agreement

·    Draft revised NMP

BMRA general aviation users

Individual meetings

·    Hours of operations

·    Flight training

·    Noise abatement zones

·    Fly neighbourly agreement

·    Draft revised NMP

Community comment – Draft revised NMP

Local Media; YourSay; City and BMRA website

 

·    Results of review

·    Draft revised NMP

·    Flight paths

·    Noise contours

Residents in vicinity of the Airport and/or near flight paths including:

·    Reinscourt

·    Yalyalup

·    Kalgup

·    Yoogarillup

 

By invitations for community access meeting

·    Results from review

·    Draft revised NMP

·    Flight paths

·    Noise contours

 

 

Community information sessions (All information sessions open to all community members)

Community information session

·    Results from review

·    Draft revised NMP

·    Flight paths

·    Noise contours

·    Information on how to comment/make a submission

Community (Circulation approx. 14,000 residents)

Bay to Bay newsletter

·    General Information

·    Link to website/ Your Say

 

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place. No risks of a medium or greater level have been identified.


 

Options

As an alternative to the proposed recommendation, the Council could:

1.         Choose not to support the proposed amendments and draft NMP January 2022 for public consultation.

2.         Choose to support specific proposed amendments and a revised draft NMP is advertised for public consultation. 

CONCLUSION

The current version of the NMP has been in place for just under three years and has enabled the City to manage the BMRA operations effectively. In accordance with Statement 1088, the City is required to monitor and report to the OEPA any operational non-compliances which may include aircraft movements outside of the approved operating hours, any unauthorised flight training and aircraft noise breaches, and submit annual compliance reports outlining the effectiveness of the NMP.  The City has completed its mandatory compliance reporting over the past three years and in accordance with Statement 1088 is required to undertake a full review of the NMP and report its effectiveness to the CEO of the OEPA. Both Statement 1088 and NMP outline the criteria for consideration in completing this review. This report outlines the criteria for consideration and process undertaken to date and proposes a revised, draft NMP be advertised for public consultation.

           

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

Officers will commence consultation with airlines, aviation users of the BMRA and advertise the draft NMP (January 2022) for public comment following Council endorsement.  If further amendments are proposed to the draft NMP, a report will be presented to the AAC in February 2022 outlining the additional amendments consideration. The City is required to report to the CEO of OEPA on the findings of the review of the NMP by 7 April 2022.


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Attachment a

BMRA Noise Management Plan January 2019 Track Changes

 




























































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Draft BMRA Noise Management Plan January 2022

 































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12.8           Airport Advisory Committee - 1/12/2021 - BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT - AIRPORT UPDATE

STRATEGIC THEME

OPPORTUNITY - A vibrant City with diverse opportunities and a prosperous economy.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY

3.4 Develop aviation opportunities at the Busselton Margaret River Airport.

SUBJECT INDEX

Airport Operations

BUSINESS UNIT

Commercial Services

REPORTING OFFICER

Airport Operations Coordinator - David Russell

AUTHORISING OFFICER

Director, Community and Commercial Services - Naomi Searle

NATURE OF DECISION

Noting: The item is simply for information purposes and noting

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Nil

 

This item was considered by the Airport Advisory Committee at its meeting on 1/12/2021, the recommendations from which have been included in this report.

 

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

That the Council receives and notes the Airport Operations Report.

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

That the Council receives and notes the Airport Operations Report.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides an overview of the operations and activities of the Busselton Margaret River Airport (BMRA) for the reporting period 1 October 2021 – 30 November 2021. This includes an update on passenger numbers, aircraft landings, and actions relating to COVID-19 and general airport operations.

 

BACKGROUND

Focus in the October - November period centred on the bi-annual emergency exercise held on the 16 October, the RAAF / BMRA open day held on 7 November and Request for Quotations (RFQs) for the central apron extension and Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) patient transfer station, together with ongoing business development regarding commercial and leasing opportunities.

 

Aircraft Movements

The total number of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) services using BMRA is currently 20 flights (40 movements) per week. Currently there are four airlines operating from the BMRA utilising the F70, F100, A320 and Dash 8 aircraft.

 

The total number of aircraft landings declined in October (309) compared to 2020 (342) and increased from 2019 (248).) Landings for compared to November 2020 landings (207) (November landing figures are due from Avdata Pty Ltd on 21 December 2021).

 

 

Passenger Numbers

October passenger numbers has seen an increase (4,090) compared to October 2020 (3019). This can be attributed to the commencement of services by Alliance Airlines and Network Aviation for FIFO passengers employed by BHP and FMG.

 

Carpark

There are currently 1,128 car park patrons using the FIFO swipe card system, an increase of 103 since October 2021.

 

Car parking statistical figures are not available for this report as SKIDATA technicians are investigating a failure in report generation regarding average car park numbers and maximum patronage.

 

Operations

The focus for the reporting period has focused on:

•          Bi-annual emergency field exercise that was held on 16 October 2021

•          RAAF/BMRA open day held on 7 November 2021

•          Noise Management Plan review

•          Preparation of capital works for the central apron expansion and relocation of the RFDS/St John patient transfer station

•          Business development activities

 

BMRA Open day / RAAF Centenary

The City of Busselton partnered with the RAAF to host the BMRA Open Day and RAAF Centenary to showcase the airport’s upgraded facilities and give residents and visitors the opportunity to get up close with the Air Force Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter jets, Pilatus PC-21 and a range of other private, commercial and emergency services aircraft. The open day was held on Sunday November 7 and was an all-day event with gates opening at 9am and closing at 3.30pm. 

 

The open day featured two aerial displays with RAAF PC-21 aircraft and static ground displays of Air Force PC-21 and Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter aircraft from RAAF Base Pearce. In addition there was aircraft displays including Cobham Aviation ASMA Search and Rescue Challenger 604, Surf Lifesaving Western Australia rescue/ shark spotting helicopter, Scenic Helicopters joy flights, Virgin Australia (A320) and Alliance Airlines (F100), and an eclectic display of aircraft organised by Busselton Aero Club. The RAAF provided an excellent display in the arrivals terminal with memorabilia, giveaways, flight simulation stands and recruitment sessions. There was an array of food vans, a bouncy castle for the kids and entertainment for the public to enjoy, DFES fire truck and Australian Army vehicle displays and a free bus service to shuttle people from Bovell oval.

 

It was estimated that 5,500 people attended the event over the day with 35 aircraft also flying in over the weekend with no reported incidents or major complaints, and only positive comments via social media.

 

An event this size is not without considerable organisation, and with the added complexity of COVID-19 and social distancing, face mask wearing exemptions were issued and restrictions on some aircraft operations for the event were applied. 

 

On the evening of Saturday 6 November, Busselton Aeroclub hosted an informal BBQ for the aviation community where RAAF 79 Hawk Squadron and two FTS where presented with honorary membership of the Busselton Aeroclub and in return were presented with a RAAF 100 year commemorative coin. 

 

The City was also presented with a RAAF 100 year commemorative coin highlighting the history Busselton has had with the RAAF over this 100 years.

 

BMRA Emergency Exercise

On the 16 October 2021 BMRA conducted a bi-annual emergency field exercise to practice and review all or part of the Airport Emergency Plan as required under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.

Exercise ABORT TAKEOFF was a field exercise involving all emergency services agencies nominated in the Aerodrome Emergency Plan (DFES, St John, WA Police, and Department of Communities) regarding an aviation emergency incident at the BMRA.

The scenario involved an RPT aircraft with 156 passengers and crew which developed a wheel/undercarriage fire after an aborted take-off. A number of passengers were injured while disembarking down the emergency slides.

These emergency exercises are a good opportunity for emergency services to familiarise themselves with the airport facilities and the environment, and practice/develop their emergency response to an incident at the airport.

Request to investigate Jetty Helicopter Operations

At the 24 October 2021 Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting, a request was made for officers to investigate the feasibility of conducting helicopter operations on the Busselton Jetty and subsequently endorsed by Council (AIR2110/066).

 

Officers have liaised with the Major Projects team to determine that the Jetty is 11m wide and the structure may be able to structurally support helicopter operations. However, under CASA CAAP 92-4(0) Guidelines for the development and operation of off-shore helicopter landing sites, the minimum perimeter of a designated helideck for a Robinson R44 and AS350 Squirrel helicopters (commonly used in local tourism) or equivalent is 12m and therefore the Jetty as it stands would not meet the minimum required criteria for use as a helideck.

 

Further to the width requirements for a helideck, further details containing rotational forces, dynamic load due to impact landing, wind loading, punching shear, obstacle protected surfaces, non-slip surfaces/friction testing, fire-fighting requirements and environmental impact would also require investigation. There is also the question of restrictions of public access to the end of the Jetty during opening hours and the conflicts and operating safeguards that might need to be in place to protect the public. A floating pontoon may be an alternative.

KAS helicopter permit

As reported at the October 2021 AAC meeting, Ballina Corporation P/L trading as KAS helicopters approached the City In September with a proposal to operate helicopter scenic flights from the BMRA.

Acknowledging the previous AAC resolution, a permit has now been approved by the CEO including the following conditions:

•         Flight operations permitted Monday – Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday - Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm

•         Minimum flight duration 20 minutes

•         No flights allowed on Good Friday, Christmas day and Anzac day

•         Monthly reports to be provided to the City of Busselton on all flights (times and duration)

•         Flight operations in accordance with the BMRA Noise Management

•         Signed Fly Neighbourly Agreement

•         Signed BMRA Conditions of Use

•         No flight training without training permit

•         Alternate departure direction where possible (wind dependent)

•         Provide an emergency response plan and insurance

•         Use of the grass helicopter parking area located in front of the central hangar

KAS helicopters have agreed to these conditions and are expected to commence operations on 1 December 2021.

 

OFFICER COMMENT

FIFO passenger numbers through the BMRA have continued to increase from the previous year, and officers expect passenger numbers to continue on this trajectory as FIFO employment recruiting from the South West continues.  The 40 aircraft movements (20 flights) per week equate to 28 movements for RioTinto (Virgin Australia), four for FMG (Qantas Group), four for BHP (Alliance Airlines) and four for Northern Star Resources (Maroomba Airlines).

 

Officers continue to liaise regularly with Jetstar executives and operations teams for the commencement of the Busselton - Melbourne flights now expected to commence in February 2022.  BMRA is operationally ready to commence RPT services with the exception of the security screening contractor’s team who need to be redeployed and complete final training.

 

The summer maintenance programs have commenced now the ground water table has subsided including mowing and spray programs, and apron/ runway line marking maintenance will be a focus over the summer period.

 

Statutory Environment

The BMRA operates in accordance with the following:

•          Aviation Transport Security Act 2004

•          Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005

•          CASA Manual of Standards 139 (Aerodromes)

•          City of Busselton Transport Security Plan

•          Ministerial Statement 1088

•          City policies and procedures

Relevant Plans and Policies

The officer recommendation aligns to the following adopted plan or policy:

•          Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan 2019.

 

Financial Implications

Airport revenue up to the end of October 2021 is $636,546 compared to the amended year to date budget of $727,498. The reason for revenue being less than expected is due to outstanding Virgin Australia Regional Airline’s (VARA) passenger fees estimated at $45,000 for September, and no airport screening fees due to the delay to RPT operations. Landing fees and car park revenue are higher than expected due to additional FIFO flights commencing this financial year.

 

Expenses (excluding screening services, depreciation and airline attraction) to the end of October 2021 are $184,334 compared to the amended October 2021 expense budget of $256,812. Lower expenses are attributed to delays in consultancy expenses.

 

Stakeholder Consultation

Consultation has been occurring on a regular basis with Department of Transport, Government agencies, airport stakeholders, Department of Home Affairs, Aviation Marine Security (AMS), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Air Services Australia, Virgin Australia Regional Airline, Qantas Group, the Busselton Aero Club, Albany, Esperance, Geraldton Airports and Australian Airports Association, concerning many topics and issues relating to the Airport.

 

Risk Assessment

An assessment of the potential implications of implementing the officer recommendation has been undertaken using the City’s risk management framework, with risks assessed taking into account any controls already in place. No risks of a medium or greater level have been identified.

Options

The Council may choose not to receive and note the Airport Operations Report.

CONCLUSION

The airport summer grounds work maintenance is well under way including mowing and line marking programs.  RFQs for the central apron expansion and RFDS Patient transfer station relocation have been drafted and are due to be advertised in the last week of November. Officers will continue to provide a high level of customer service ensuring the airport is compliant, safe and security is maintained throughout.

 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

Not applicable.