Making noise over 'toxic airport'

A TWEED resident living under the flight path of the Gold Coast Airport is angry at his "toxic" neighbour.

Ben Cullen said Tweed Heads residents were not surveyed before the release of the draft 2011 Master Plan which is on display for public comment.

"The last time someone came to talk to me was when it was the previous lessee was running the Coolangatta airport," Mr Cullen said. "There hasn't been any consultation since the last plan in 2007. Someone has failed to collect the right data."

Mr Cullen said the airport used to measure aircraft noise in Kennedy Dr, but the system was shut down in 2009.

"Noise levels have definitely increased, but there are no records," he said.

Mr Cullen said he was so angry with the process he was starting a Facebook page to rally community support to get the airport and government to listen.

Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer Paul Donovan said air traffic movement was collected from the airport's radar system supplied by Airservices Australia.

"The purpose of community consultation as part of the preliminary draft master plan process is to encouraged and welcome feedback from the community. This is currently occurring," Mr Donovan said.

An Airservices Australia spokesman said the noise recorder was turned off near Kennedy Dr in 2009 because of work on the nearby sewage treatment plant.

"It was one of three around the airport," the spokesman said.

"There is another sensor at the southern end of the airport."



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