Airport’s noisy neighbours


Queenstowners are mobilising against controversial plans to expand Queenstown Airport’s noise boundaries.

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) wants to significantly expand its noise boundaries into large residential areas and almost double the aircraft move-ments the present bound-aries allow, by 2045.

Community organisations are holding public meetings for people to share their views.

The next meeting, hosted by the Frankton Community Association, will feature guest speakers Jayne Mac-donald, of Mactodd Law, and Destination Queens-town boss Graham Budd.

Association head Glyn Lewers says there has been no positive feedback from residents so far.

“We’ve had feedback ranging from indifference to quite negative, very neg-ative.”

Elected officials and airport representatives will not be allowed to speak at the meeting, as the association wants to get the community’s views, he says.

The Southern District Health Board’s also been invited to send a representative.

The meeting is at Frankton’s Remarkables Primary School next Tuesday, 7.30pm.

The Kelvin Peninsula Community Association will hold a meeting to discuss the issue at the Queenstown Golf Club, Wednesday, 7.30pm.

Submissions on the proposal close August 20. QAC will then put a proposal to the Queenstown’s council for a variation to be made to the district plan.

If approved, a formal planning process, and further public consultation, will take place.