Airservices Australia is a Commonwealth government business enterprise, with a lot less oversight than most public sector agencies. But you can make a difference.
Complain to Airservices
You can complain directly to Airservices about the impact of the proposed changes on you:
Phone: 1800 802 584
You may like to keep in mind:
Despite $1 million spent on the review, the new Runway 12 SID has been decided without proper consultation - this was never presented as an option and there has been no real opportunity to provide feedback. This was exactly what happened in September 2017.
Airservices had decided not to comply with the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman’s recommendations to implement a new noise assessment procedure until June 2019 as a deliberate tactic to avoid a proper assessment of the impact of the Hobart changes.
Airservices’ plan is designed for a regional airport with low jet traffic and is unsuited to a growing capital city airport like Hobart.
SPEAK TO THE OMBUDSMAN
If you are not satisfied with the Airservices response you can contact the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman (ANO). She is closely monitoring Airservices’s compliance with her recommendations:
Phone: 1800 266 040
Get the Senate involved
The Australian Senate’s job is to make government agencies accountable for their actions. The Senate’s Rural Regional and Transport Committee has a standing inquiry into the performance of Airservices Australia. Write to them and ask for a public hearing into Airservices’s lack of transparent and thorough consultation with all relevant stakeholders in the development of its 20 year plan for Hobart’s airspace.
Ask why Hobart Airport’s control tower is over 60 years old and Hobart, the fastest growing capital city airport in Australia, is still without radar. And why Airservices is trying to implement a regional airport model at what should be classified as a capital city airport.
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Engage our political representatives
Write to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Honourable Michael McCormack, expressing your concerns about Airservices’s lack of transparent and thorough consultation with all relevant stakeholders in development of its 20 year plan for Hobart’s airspace.
Remind him that Hobart is the fastest growing capital city airport in Australia, but its air traffic control infrastructure is over 60 years old, and his agency Airservices Australia is trying to get away with implementing an air traffic control system designed for small regional airports.
Ask why that of the $80 million allocated to Hobart Airport in the latest ‘City Deal’, none is to be spent on upgrading air safety infrastructure.
Copy in local representatives Senator Jonathan Duniam, Senator Nick McKim and Brian Mitchell MP:
Spread the Word
Tell your friends and family about the air traffic management problems at Hobart Airport. Contact us to join or learn more.