The East Melbourne Group is concerned about the significant noise and disturbance from light aircraft and helicopters which is severely impacting on the amenity of our residential area. Noise levels have been recorded at up to 85 decibels which is the level at which hearing damage begins to occur.
There is also a safety risk presented by increasing air traffic and residents feel that built-up areas should be avoided by air traffic when there are alternatives available. This is a matter for CASA.
This policy represents the position of the East Melbourne Group in seeking alleviation of this problem which has been steadily getting worse over recent months.
The policy is based on the principle that residents of East Melbourne have a right to the quiet enjoyment of their neighbourhood in accordance with the legal concept that a person must not create a nuisance which interferes with an individual’s enjoyment of land. Commercial interests should not be able to override those of residents.
The term aircraft in this policy includes helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
The need for police and other official emergency and defence aircraft to operate from time to time whilst on emergency activity over East Melbourne is acknowledged and accepted.
All operators of aircraft should adopt ‘Fly Neighbourly’ principles to reduce the disturbance caused by aircraft over East Melbourne and other residential areas. This should include avoiding flying over residential areas and instead flying along the Yarra River and the sporting and railway precincts north of the Yarra where possible.
No pilot training to occur over East Melbourne.
Aircraft which do not comply with or are exempt from official noise standards must not be permitted to fly over East Melbourne.
Traffic helicopters should be restricted to flying along the roads they wish to comment on and not hovering over residential areas. There should be no more than one pass every half hour during peak traffic times and their hours of operation should be restricted to 7am to 7pm.
Helicopters filming events at the MCG or anywhere in the sporting complex along Swan Street should be permitted to hover for no more than 5 minutes for any one event (or in any one afternoon). Only one pass every half hour should be permitted. Hovering should be permitted only to the south of the MCG and not to the north of the MCG.
Sightseeing and joy flight aircraft must confine their flights to the south of the MCG.
Aircraft flying point to point should take flight paths over freeways and Port Phillip Bay and should avoid residential areas.
Controlled airspace should be expanded to include East Melbourne so that proper regulation may be achieved via flight plans.