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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

11 April 2001


Preliminary results of the trial of the precision runway monitor (PRM) for Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport have been received by the Commonwealth Government, Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill announced today.

The results are contained in two reports by consultants, Wilkinson Murray Pty Ltd and The Ambidji Group, which were being considered by the PRM Consultative Committee yesterday.

"The noise-monitoring program has confirmed that the corridor between Turramurra and Hornsby Heights beneath the approach path for the main runway at Sydney Airport would be the area most affected by the PRM, should the Government approve its use," Senator Hill said.

"Also affected would be the general area of Arcadia and Galston to the west of Hornsby Heights. Although these areas have been exposed to aircraft noise in the past, use of the PRM would cause more aircraft noise exposure.

"Areas experiencing lower exposure include Cherrybrook, Pennant Hills, Normanhurst and North Epping."

The trial was a recommendation of an inquiry last year by Dr D F McMichael CBE into Airservices Australia's proposal to use the PRM for approaches to the airport from the north.

The Consultative Committee includes five representatives of the community as well as representatives of the aviation industry, aviation administration and Environment Australia.

"Summary documents are attached and the final reports will be available once completed to ensure this is a transparent process," Senator Hill said.

Senator Hill must now conclude the environmental assessment of Airservices Australia's original proposal and convey advice to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson.

"I will take into account the final advice from my Department, the consultants' reports, any advice that might be given on the reports by the consultative committee and any variation to the proposal that Australian Aviation may make, before conveying my decision to Mr Anderson," Senator Hill said.

The PRM will not be used for approaches from the north unless it is approved for use by Mr Anderson.

The final reports will be made available once completed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Contacts: Belinda Huppatz, (Senator Hill) 08 8237 7920 or 0419 258 364

Summary Documents

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