31 May 2023, 12:52
Victorian Legislative Council, Melbourne

David ETTERSHANK (Western Metropolitan):

My question is for the Minister for Education, Minister Hutchins. My constituent is the parent of a primary school student in the Brimbank council area. My constituent understands their child’s school is under the proposed third runway new flight paths. They are concerned the noise pollution levels stemming from the increased flights will negatively impact their child and other young students and referred me to studies that have shown that living and learning under significant airway traffic can adversely impact a child’s learning and cognitive development. My constituent asks: what consideration, if any, has been given to ensuring schools are protected from adverse harm resulting from increased airway traffic, and was this raised by the government in its submission on the third runway master plan?

Written Answer
Received: 5 June 2023
Hon Jacinta Allan MP
(Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop)

Melbourne Airport’s operations, including its flight paths and airspace, are regulated by the Commonwealth Government and do not fall within my portfolio responsibilities. The Member for Western Metropolitan Region may wish to raise his constituent’s concerns with the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Catherine King MP.


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