Information session to assist submissions on airport documents

Media release - 15 March 2019

A community information session will be held on Thursday, 28 March, to assist residents interested in making submissions about the draft Kempsey Airport Noise Management Plan and Fly Neighbourly Advice which is currently on public exhibition.

The draft documents have been prepared by specialist consultants, The Airport Group, following their work to conduct a noise monitoring study at 17 locations surrounding the Kempsey Airport over an eight-week period. The first stage was involved four locations across a four-week period, and the second stage included monitoring near the runway centre and at an additional 12 locations across the final four-weeks.

Residents will be able to ask questions and seek technical advice from The Airport Group at the information session which will be held in Kempsey Shire Council’s Committee Room between 4:00 and 7:00pm on Thursday, 28 March.

Council’s Director Corporate and Commercial, Stephen Mitchell, said the session will assist people in making a submission on the documents.

“The information session isn’t a public meeting with formal presentations,” Mr Mitchell said. “Instead, it’s an opportunity for people to drop-in at any time over the three hours and ask the experts questions that might be of concern or impact to individuals.

“We are conscious that the Noise Management Plan, in particular, is a highly technical piece of work and we want to help residents understand what’s in the draft report in order to get valuable feedback from the formal submissions.”

Submissions close on Wednesday, 1 May 2019, where they will then be reviewed and assessed against the draft documents before a final report is made to Council in coming months.

“This is a multi-step project and the noise study is a technical area of airport management, but it hasn’t been considered yet for adoption by Council as the feedback from community submissions is a vital part of the process,’ concluded Mr Mitchell.