Please note:  These minutes are yet to be confirmed as a true record of proceedings

CITY OF BUSSELTON

MINUTES OF THE Airport Advisory Committee MEETING HELD ON 16 February 2022

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM NO.                                        SUBJECT                                                                                                                              PAGE NO.

1....... Declaration of Opening, acknowledgement of country and Announcement of Visitors. 2

2....... Attendance. 2

3....... Public Question Time. 3

4....... Disclosure Of Interests. 3

5....... Confirmation Of Minutes. 3

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

6....... Reports. 4

6.1          BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT  -  AIRPORT OPERATIONS UPDATE. 4

6.2          BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT - NOISE MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW... 10

7....... General Discussion Items. 55

8....... Next Meeting Date. 56

9....... Closure. 56

 


Airport Advisory Committee                                            2                                                                16 February 2022

MINUTES

 

MINUTES OF The Airport Advisory Committee HELD IN Committee Room, Administration Building, Southern Drive, Busselton, ON 16 February 2022 AT 10.00am.

 

1.               Declaration of Opening, acknowledgement of country and Announcement of Visitors

The Presiding Member opened the meeting at 10:05am

 

The Presiding Member noted this meeting is held on the lands of the Wadandi people and acknowledged them as Traditional Owners, paying respect to their Elders, past and present, and Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be present.

 

2.               Attendance 

Presiding Member:

 

Members:

 

Cr Phill Cronin

 

Cr Anne Ryan

Cr Jodie Richards

Cr Paul Carter

 

Officers:

 

Mr Mike Archer, Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Naomi Searle, Director, Community and Commercial Services

Mrs Jennifer May, Manager, Economic and Business Development Services

Ms Danelle Dowding, Economic Development Project Coordinator

Mrs Emma Heys, Governance Coordinator
Mr Simon Sparkes, Airport Reporting and Maintenance Officer
Ms Jo Barrett-Lennard, Governance Officer
 

Apologies:

 

Nil

 


 

 

3.               Public Question Time

Ms Di Mass

 

Question

How long is the contract for MRBTA to undertake baggage handling at the Busselton Margaret River Airport?

 

Response
(Mrs Naomi Searle, Director Community and Commercial Services)

The contract for baggage handling is between MRBTA and the airlines. The City’s relationship with MRBTA is a licence agreement for the use of the airport facilities.

 

4.               Disclosure Of Interests

Nil

 

5.               Confirmation Of Minutes

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

Committee Decision

AIR2202/075          Moved Councillor P Carter, seconded Councillor J Richards

That the Minutes of the Airport Advisory Committee Meeting held 1 December 2021 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

CARRIED 4/0

 


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6.               Reports

6.1             BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER AIRPORT  -  AIRPORT OPERATIONS 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

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

Noting: The item is simply for information purposes and noting

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Nil

 

Committee Recommendation

AIR2202/076          Moved Councillor P Carter, seconded Councillor J Richards

That the Council receives and notes the Airport Operations Report.

CARRIED 4/0

 

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 July through 31 December 2021. This includes an update on passenger numbers, aircraft landings, and actions relating to COVID-19 and general airport operations.

BACKGROUND

The first half of the reporting period has seen positive growth in closed charter flights and passenger numbers through the BMRA. The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have significant impacts on the aviation industry with domestic and international air services severely restricted resulting in the Jetstar Busselton-Melbourne flights commencement date being further delayed.

 

In November, the City hosted the BMRA Community Open Day and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Centenary which saw approximately 5,500 people visit the Airport with RAAF Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter jets, Pilatus PC-21 and a range of other private, commercial (A320 and F100) and emergency services aircraft on display.

 

Officers have also been focussing on business development and preparation of request for tender and quotation documentation for capital works projects. A review of the Noise Management Plan including public consultation was conducted in November and December. Further, State Government directions relating to the requirements for COVID vaccinations came into effect in early December with all airport services workers and Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC) holders required to be fully COVID vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

 


Aircraft Movements

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

 

As of the first week of March the schedule is anticipated to increase to 24 closed charter flights operating to North West destinations such as Boolgeeda, Barimunya, West Angeles, Newman, Roy Hill and Karratha.

The total number of aircraft landings has steadily increased during the period with some monthly variations mainly due to light and general aviation traffic, however the overall flight numbers during the reporting period for 2021 was (1772) compared to 2020 (1700) and 2019 (1373).

 

 

Passenger Numbers

Overall passenger numbers has seen an increase of 34.3% (25,761) for the reporting period compared to same period for 2020 (18,646) which also saw a 28.8% increase from 2019 (14,477).  This can be attributed to a recruitment drive by Rio Tinto in November/December and the commencement of services by Alliance Airlines, Network Aviation and Maroomba for FIFO passengers employed by BHP and FMG from September 21.

 

 

 

 

Carpark

Currently 1217 swipe cards have been issued with 1071 cards actually in use and 146 awaiting collection. The average daily occupancy for the reporting period was 300 parked patrons per day. The highest occupancy month was November with an average of 339 parked patrons per day. The highest occupancy date was 16 November with 411 parked vehicles.

 

Operations

The focus for the reporting period has been on:

 

·    Support for the LATS (Large Aerial Tanker Support) operations

·    Preparation of tenders and quotations for the design and construction of four general aviation hangars, the central apron expansion, and a design for the extension of the public car park

·    The City’s Facilities team have started a maintenance and painting program for the Arrivals Hall and Terminal building prior to the arrival of the Jetstar flights

·    Business development activities have included advertising of the Commercial and Industrial Precinct opportunities, progressing the General Aviation hangar leases and liaising with airlines on new Busselton routes

·    A revised Transport Security Program was submitted to the Department of Home Affairs for approval

·    Noise Management Plan review public consultation.

 


LATS

The LATS operations commenced on 8 December with the establishment of the DFES operations centre and arrival of C130 (Bomber 131) which commenced operations that day. Boeing 737 (Bomber 138) arrived on 22 December on secondment from NSW and Boeing 737 (Bomber 137) arrived on 24 December and will be permanently stationed at BMRA until 22 April 2022. The operations centre is located landside on the western edge of the southern apron adjacent to Bay 1. The facility has a permanent daily contingent of aircrew on standby consisting of 2 Pilots and 2 engineering ground crew members. During the month of December the LATS attended 6 fire sites in WA including;

 

·    Calgardup

·    Bindoon

·    Treeton

·    Chidlow

·    Gascoyne Complex

·    Dunsborough/Eagle Bay

 

The LATS have collectively dropped 166,638 litres of retardant during December and taken delivery of 105,593 litres of Jet A1 fuel during December.

OFFICER COMMENT

FIFO passenger numbers through the BMRA have continued to increase significantly in comparison to the same period last year and officers expect passenger numbers to continue to increase as FIFO employment recruitment from the South West continues.  The 40 aircraft movements (20 flights) per week equate to 28 movements for RioTinto (Virgin Australia), 4 for FMG (Qantas Group), 4 for BHP (Alliance Airlines) and 4 for Northern Star Resources (Maroomba Airlines).

 

The commencement of the Jetstar Busselton- Melbourne flights have once again been delayed due to COVID-19 border restrictions however Officers have been liaising regularly with Jetstar executives and their operations teams on a new start date for the flights.

 

The summer maintenance programs are in progress now that the underground water table has subsided including mowing and spraying, and apron/ runway line marking will be a focus over February and March.

 

Statutory Environment

The officer recommendation supports the general function of a local government under the Local Government Act 1995 to provide for the good government of persons in its district.

 

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:

 

·    The BMRA operates under the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan 2019.

 

Financial Implications

Revenue

Actual YTD revenue for the reporting period is $1,052,925 compared to the YTD budget of $968,570 not including security screening revenue which has not been realised due to the delay in the Jetstar flights. The reason for revenue being greater than expected is mainly due to an increase in airport landing fees, sundry income and car parking income.

 

Expenditure

Actual YTD expenditure for the reporting period is $749,049 compared to the YTD Budget of $795,181, not including security screening costs and the airline attraction program which have not been incurred due to the delay in the Jetstar flights.  Lower expenditure for the reporting period can mainly be attributed to specific airport maintenance that will not be completed until the end of summer and lower contactor and consultancy fees to date. 

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 Airport Advisory Committee may choose not to receive and note the Airport Operations Report.

CONCLUSION

The airport summer maintenance work is well under way including mowing and spraying, with apron and runway line marking programs set to commence in February. The apron lighting project which has not been completed due to the delay in delivery of lighting parts from Europe is expected to be complete by mid-February.

 

In early March, Officers will be seeking quotations to prepare a new BMRA Master Plan with the focus shifting from aviation and landside infrastructure development (detailed in the existing BMRA Master Plan 2016-2036) to business (commercial and freight) and domestic and international air services route development and the future infrastructure required to facilitate this.  

 

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.

 

 


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6.2             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

Noting: The item is simply for information purposes and noting

VOTING REQUIREMENT

Simple Majority

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment a   BMRA Noise Management Plan (2022)

Attachment b    NMP YourSay submissions  

 

Committee Recommendation

AIR2202/077          Moved Councillor A Ryan, seconded Councillor P Carter

That the Council:

1.         Notes the outcomes of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan (NMP) review and public consultation as required by Ministerial Statement 1088.

2.         Endorses the draft Noise Management Plan (2022) to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority as required by Ministerial Statement 1088.

 

CARRIED 4/0

 

OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

That the Council:

1.         Notes the outcomes of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan (NMP) review and public consultation as required by Ministerial Statement 1088.

2.         Endorses the draft Noise Management Plan (2022) to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority as required by Ministerial Statement 1088.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report provides the outcomes resulting from a review of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Noise Management Plan (January 2019), including a draft Noise Management Plan (2022) advertised for public comment and stakeholder consultation to be included in a report 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 with the first NMP approved as part of Ministerial Statement 901 on 22 June 2012. Since this time there has been a number of versions, with the current version of the NMP (January 2019) approved through Ministerial Statement 1088, through a Public Environmental Review (PER) process, which has now been in place for three years.  

 

In accordance with Statement 1088, the City is required to monitor and report to the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA) any operational non-compliances, which may include aircraft movements outside of the approved operating hours, unauthorised flight training and aircraft noise breaches, and to submit annual compliance reports outlining the effectiveness of the NMP to the OEPA. 

 

Statement 1088 also includes the requirements for the review of the NMP including Condition 6 Review of NMP:

 

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.

A review of the NMP (2019) was completed in November 2021 and a report was presented to the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) on 1 December 2021 detailing the process undertaken including consideration of the following main areas of the NMP and a revised draft NMP was prepared;

·    BMRA Development Opportunities

·    Flight Paths and Noise Abatement Zones

·    Standard Hours of Operations

·    Noise monitoring and Emissions

·    Fly Neighbourly Agreement and Flight Training Guidelines

At this meeting, the AAC endorsed (AIR2112/071) the draft NMP (2022) (see attachment A) with the following amendments, to advertise for public comment;

 

NMP January 2019

NMP Proposed Draft 2022

 

Chapter heading

Section heading

Chapter heading

Section heading

Comment

1. Introduction and Background

 

Introduction

 

Includes objectives and information about aircraft noise

 

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  – historical background to BRA and development project

2. Principles and Statement of Intent

Objectives for BRA development

 

 

Removed – historical background to development project

 

A Balanced Approach

 

Who is responsible for noise?

Removed – 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 are more aligned with Master Plan than NMP

3. Management of operational Activities

 

Airport Operational Activities

 

 

 

Aircraft Operations Classifications

 

Aircraft Type

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

 

Flight Training Guidelines

 

Flight Training Guidelines

 

 

Frequency & Type of Use

 

Flight Training

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

Added Ministerial Statement criteria for overflying wetlands

 

Flying heights for Training operations

 

 

Removed as CASA guidelines on height restrictions over rural and urban areas  are governed 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 current wording

6. Noise Amelioration

 

Noise Amelioration

 

 

 

Noise Context

 

 

Removed – covered in other chapters

 

Noise reduction and Amelioration measures

 

Noise reduction and Amelioration measures

Updated to reflect current wording

7. Land Use Planning

 

 

 

Removed  -  Land use planning is more aligned with Master Plan than NMP

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

 


 

OFFICER COMMENT

The draft NMP (2022) was advertised for public comment through the City’s YourSay platform for a period of three weeks as detailed in the stakeholder consultation section of this report.

 

During the public comment period, there were a total of 203 page views to the NMP YourSay page with 100 participants clicking through to other NMP project pages, including 47 participants downloading documents and 44 participants visiting the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) project page. A total of 14 submissions were received, 12 through the YourSay platform and 2 submissions emailed directly to the Airport Manager.

 

Officers have reviewed the submissions and have categorised the responses into the following general categories:

 

·    6 submissions in support of the draft NMP (2022)

·    6 objections;

4 objections to flight training at BMRA and/or inclusion in the NMP

1 objection to flight training and larger aircraft operating from BMRA

1 objection to aircraft flying at night

·    1 submission stating that aircraft noise is currently tolerable however would expect a further review of NMP if frequency of flights increase

·    1 submission requesting clarification on helicopter operations.

 

The objections relating to flight training were generally directed at all flight training operations occurring at the BMRA and did not specifically refer to the two amendments being proposed to the flight training guidelines in the draft NMP. Attachment B lists the comments only, received from the fourteen public submissions.    

 

A meeting of the BMRA Consultative Reference Group (Reference Group) was held on Thursday 13 January with only one member, representing the Reinscourt area, attending on the day. At the meeting Officers provided an update on the review process and the amendments being proposed. Discussion was held on the flight paths and noise monitoring conducted by the City, which at the time was not publicly available. A commitment was made by Officers to reform the Reference Group once the Regular Public Transport (RPT) services have commenced.

 

Additionally, consultation with airlines and airport stakeholders has determined that there is general support for the draft NMP (2022) with feedback indicating some interest in the future, for expanding the hours of operations, particularly earlier in the morning (pre 6.00am). Officers are not proposing that the standard hours of operations are extended at this point in time.

 

Noise monitoring was performed as part of the review to measure the impacts of aircraft noise on the community. Two noise loggers were placed out, one in the Reinscourt area and the other to the south of the airport on Acton Park road approximately xx km from the end of the runway. The City has engaged an Environmental Consultant to assist with the noise monitoring, perform the data analysis and provide summary reports of the noise recordings. 

 

The noise loggers were located on both sites between the dates of 21 December 2021 and 13 January 2022 with the following results:


 

 

 

Kalgup (LAmax (dB))

Reinscourt

Total number of plane events

42

50

Arrivals

9

32

Departures

33

18

Highest recording

84.0  (depart)

23 Dec 2021 5.55am

80.2 (arrival)

5 Jan 2022 8.22am

Average of all recordings

70.62

68.2

 

The results from the noise monitoring indicated that the maximum noise level of 85dB was not breached and the noise acceptability levels defined as ‘acceptable’, ‘conditionally acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ were not breached.

 

Officers have now completed the review of the current NMP (2019) and draft NMP (2022), advertised the draft NMP for public comment and consulted with airlines, airport users and stakeholders. The level of public comment received was considered low and comments specific to the proposed NMP amendments were few in number. In general, the objections were directed towards flight training and concerns with allowing flight training aircraft to increase in size and frequency. The proposed flight training amendments are (i) to change the allowable aircraft from single engine under 1500kgs MTOW to single engine non-turbine aircraft, and (ii) increase the allowable number of instructor hours per week from 25 hours per instructor to 35 hours per instructor.

 

The intent of the flight training amendments are not to promote increased flight training or the number of operators to be based at the BMRA, but rather to enable the Busselton Aero Club to grow and become more sustainable through offering flying training for recreational and general aviation pilots.

 

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

There are no financial implications associated with the officer recommendation.

 


 

Stakeholder Consultation

The draft NMP (2022) was advertised for public comment between 4 January 2022 and 21 January 2022 on the City’s website through the YourSay platform. The NMP public comment period was advertised in the Busselton –Dunsborough Mail on 5 January and 12 January 2022, with posts on the City’s Facebook page on 10 and 15 January and the BMRA Facebook page on the 11 and 17 January 2022. The NMP review was also included on the BMRA website. 

 

A letter to residents notifying them of the NMP review, public comment period and information on how to access YourSay was distributed out to a total of 1490 residential properties in Acton Park, Bovell, Kalgup, Reinscourt, Sabina River, Yalyalup and Yoogarillup.

 

Additionally, letters were sent to all airlines and charter operators that use the BMRA, emergency services and airport stakeholders including Rio Tinto, Busselton and Dunsborough Yallingup Chambers of Commerce, MRBTA, Busselton Aero Club and lessees notifying them of the NMP review and public comment period.

 

Finally, a meeting of the BMRA Community Reference Group was held on Thursday 13 January 2022 with members representing residential areas located adjacent to the BMRA invited to attend to ask questions and provide comments on the draft NMP and review. One member representing Reinscourt area attended the Reference Group meeting.

 

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 amended, draft NMP (2022) to be submitted to the OEPA.

2.         Choose to include specific proposed amendments and/or alternative amendments to the draft NMP (2022) to be submitted to the OEPA. 

CONCLUSION

The NMP (2019) has been in place for 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 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 (2019) outline the criteria for consideration in completing this review.

 

A review of the NMP (2019) has now been completed and an amended draft NMP (2022) is proposed. The draft NMP (2022) has been amended to reduce the content and size of the plan with much of the background and history of the BMRA and the NMP being removed. The key compliance based content in the plan, including the standard hours of operations, noise abatement zones, fly neighbourly agreement, noise complaints process, noise amelioration criteria and process and review, are proposed to remain unchanged at this time.

 

The draft NMP (2022) was advertised for public comment for a period of three weeks through the City’s YourSay platform with a total of 14 submissions received, with six submission in support of the draft plan, six objections, one submission requesting clarification and one submission neither supporting nor objecting. Consultation with airlines, airport users and stakeholders was also performed with general support for the plan and no specific requests for additional amendments to the plan.

 

The review of the NMP (2019) has generally indicated that noise emissions are being effectively managed from the BMRA with noise complaints per year ranging from 3 to 8 (mainly due to emergency services) over the past four years and the highest number of OEPA reportable non-compliances at four in 2020/21. Other criteria considered in the review such as flight paths and noise abatement zones have yet to be tested due to the delay of RPT services.  Noise monitoring completed as part of the review has showed that the maximum noise level of 85dB (LAmax) and noise acceptability levels were not being breached during the monitoring period.  

 

As a result of the review and public comment process, Officers are of the opinion that the draft NMP (2022) including the amendments proposed, be submitted along with a report on the effectiveness of the NMP to the OEPA by the 7 April 2022. 

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFICER RECOMMENDATION

Officer will start to compile a report from mid-February, including the draft NMP (2022) to be submitted to the OEPA by the 7 April 2022.


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6.2

Attachment a

BMRA Noise Management Plan (2022)

 

 

 


































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6.2

Attachment B

NMP YourSay Submissions

 

 

ATTACHMENT B - Submission comments received.

 

 

Participant residential area

Submission comment

Kalgup

We live under the ‘turning point’ of aircraft when the wind direction dictates. To date, this has not been a frequent occurrence. We do make provision by being alert to overhead aircraft if one of the horses on our property is being ridden at the time our property is on a flight path. In the past, an incident occurred resulting in a horse throwing the rider (our daughter) due to being startled by an air craft (small passenger craft) seemingly low & turning. Generally, because flights are minimal at present, noise is tolerable with us. If frequency of flights increases I would expect a further review of noise management for households affected by the flight paths in & out of Busselton Margaret River Airport.

Yalyalup

I agree with all the changes to the current plan and after living in Yalyalup for the last 12 months have had no problems with aircraft noise (even during the extensive fire fighting activities). The airport is a well managed asset for the City, and extremely important for the region in general.

Yalyalup

No flying training to be conducted at the airport.

Yalyalup

I have no issues with the draft Noise Management Plan (2022) and to-date have not experienced any particular noise discomfort from aircraft utilizing the BMRA.

Yalyalup

We have absolutely no concerns re noise from the Busselton airport.

Yalyalup

I wanted clarification on the helicopters flying to and from BMRA, do they need to follow main roads..ie Vasse Hwy and Sues Rd instead of flying directly over  our property, they are so low sometimes our windows rattle.

Acton Park

Both xxxxxx and I are concerned that with increased pilot training, light plane activity will become a nuisance. Currently the pilot training conducted by the areo club is of little effect. Is the intent of increasing pilot training in the Busselton-Margaret River airport an effort to attract other pilot training schools that currently operate out of the area to base themselves in Busselton? With a young family living under the flight path we believe that increasing repetitive circuit activity over our house would be a serious disruption for us.


 

Blum Bvld - Reinscourt

I am extremely concerned that Flight Training is still included in the plan. Have you ever lived underneath the airspace where this is conducted? I have and it is NOT pleasant. It is extremely disruptive to residents and I am strongly opposed to it being allowed at this airport that is so close to built-up areas. The fly in fly out workers planes are bad enough. To say they will not disturb residents has proved entirely false as they already do at the current volume allowed. Please rethink allowing big aircraft from coming and going and ruining the rate payers peace and quiet that is so valued.

Yalyalup

Living in Yalyalup I don’t get bothered by the noise.

Bovell

 

We are happy at the moment with the airport and hoping that the Melbourne route and any further increase in air traffic is done with consideration and consultation of local residents.

Salmon Close ?

 

Firstly the amendments are agreeable to me. However further adjustments should be considered to improve the NMP. (1) Page 20 of the existing NMP "LSA/GA " restricted 0600-2200 should be altered to 0500/2200 because summer time heat can be avoided by early dep and pilot/pax safety and comfort enhanced. This would provide enhanced potential to the BMRA (2) Page 22 some information here is repetitive in that it is already promulgated in CASA docs. (3) Page 23 has a serious flaw at dot point "When landing" as it directly conflicts with POH recommendations for safe and standard ops of a/c systems. It must be removed from text. (4) Page 25 Consider increasing Flight Training licence period to 24 months (from 12 mths) to give more certainty of tenure and reduce costs. (5) Page 45 "Urban Growth Strategy" Clear advice should be transmitted to all developers/buyers that no comeback due to proximity to airport will be considered and NMP will not continually be extended to new development areas.(6) Page 50 - "Activities in Airspace" the NMP final sentence in para is contradictory and should be removed to avoid misinterpretation

Acton Park

As a landholder and resident living just over 2 km from the BMRA and directly under the flight path I am continually being disturbed by aircraft noise. I oppose changes to the Noise Management Plan that will allow an increase in Pilot training.

Acton Park

I object to changes in the Noise Management Plan (NMP) to allow an increase in plane size and frequency in relation to pilot training as proposed by the Busselton Aero Club.

 

When the original NMP was being developed, I was appointed a Community Representative of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport (BMRA) Advisory Group, representing residents living in close proximity to the BMRA.  Since the construction of the BMRA pilot training at the airport was a huge contentious issue.  It was apparent that the Shire of Busselton at the time had a problem in that the noise limitation placed on airport activity was 80 dB(A) within 15 metres of a residence.  This was well and truly exceeded by many of the aircraft using the airport. 

Therefore at a meeting between myself and Councillors Tom Tuffin (Chair of the BMRA Advisory Group) and Jackie Emery and              Jennifer May, I proposed that the noise limit be lifted from 80dB(A) to 85dB (A) but that the agreement was that Pilot training needed to cease and the exception being small aircraft below 1500 kgs with limited number of flights. 

This has been occurring and I would suggest successfully.

 

I therefore would request that the City of Busselton respect this agreement and the amenity of those living in close proximity to the BMRA and reject this proposed amendment.

 

 


 


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11:26am:             At this time Mr Mike Archer left the meeting.

 

11:28am:             At this time Mr Mike Archer returned to the meeting.

 

11:34am:             At this time Councillor Paul Carter left the meeting.

 

11:42am:             At this time Mrs Emma Heys left the meeting.

 

 

 

7.               General Discussion Items

7.1             GENERAL UPDATE ON AIRPORT MATTERS

                   Mr Mike Archer, Chief Executive Office, provided a brief update to the committee on the Airport Master Plan, with a consensus from the committee to bring forward the Master Plan Review.
 
Mrs Naomi Searle, Director Community and Commercial Services, Mrs Jennifer May, Manager Economic and Development Services, and Ms Danelle Dowding, Economic Development Projects Officer, provided a brief update on the following matters:

·         Discussions with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services regarding a potentially permanent DFES hub.

·         Update on the Passenger Terminal and modelling of passenger movements.

·         Discussions held with airlines about potential new passenger routes.


 

 

8.               Next Meeting Date

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

 

9.               Closure

The meeting closed at 11:49am.

 

 

THESE MINUTES CONSISTING OF PAGES 1 TO 56 WERE CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD ON Wednesday, 20 April 2022.

 

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