A Fly Neighbourly Agreement for Kempsey Airport

Media release - 18 April 2017

A community survey and workshop will be part of the engagement to be undertaken in the coming months by Kempsey Shire Council to develop a Fly Neighbourly Agreement for all users of Kempsey Airport.

The proposal to proceed with a Fly Neighbourly Agreement, which will include a Noise Management Plan, was endorsed at today’s Council meeting.

General Manager, David Rawlings, said the Agreement would bring together many of the details of the airport operations, including future operations of the Australian International Aviation College (AIAC) and the requirements of different authorities and regulators that Council has to work with in operating an airport.

“It is intended to prepare a Noise Management Plan which will form the basis of the Fly Neighbourly Agreement and allow for balanced consideration of all airport impacts and users,” Mr Rawlings said.

The purpose of the Noise Management Plan is to gain a detailed understanding of the impact of noise on surrounding residents from aircraft operated by the AIAC and other aircraft operators. This will help determine the appropriate number, frequency and duration of aircraft movements taking into account
resident expectations and operational requirements of airport users.

Community engagement will be an important part of the process with a survey and independently facilitated workshops being some of the engagement tools proposed. It is expected that an ongoing Airport Consultative Group involving community, Council and airport users will be an outcome of the process.

“Conducting the community engagement, preparing the Noise Management Plan and the subsequent Fly Neighbourly Agreement will require specialist consultants who bring a level of expertise and independence to the process,” Mr Rawlings said.

“At this stage it is proposed that it may take just over 12 months before the Agreement is formally entered into but the resolution of Council today to proceed gives a clear direction on managing the airport use and involving the community.”

The Joint Regional Planning Panel will be advised of Council’s resolution in reference to future consideration of the pending Development Application lodged by AIAC.