Aircraft Noise Maps

The map linked to this page shows the predicted noise from Sydney Airport now that Transport Minister Albanese has approved the airport’s latest Master Plan. It is a huge increase on the 2007 actual noise levels. The map uses the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast system explained below.

What the map shows is that for 150,000 homes in Sydney, the noise would be above the level where the standards say it is too noisy to live without noise insulation. 50,000 of these homes would be in areas that the standards consider too noisy for homes even with insulation. But who cares when there’s a tonne of money being made at the airport?

The Labor Government wants to be able to restrict new buildings that might limit the future development of airports. Local councils can refuse building permission or require new homes to have noise insulation at the owner’s expense, but existing homes just have to cop the noise.

In the fantastic hypocrisy of the aviation world these noise limits don’t apply to Sydney Airport which is allowed to keep spreading high noise zones into existing residential areas. The Liberals also put the airport ahead of the people and approved Sydney Airport’s 2004 Master Plan.

Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) Map 2029

This is the prediction for noise in 2029 from Sydney Airport’s Master Plan. The outer dotted line is the approximate position of the 20 ANEF contour. ANEF is a noise index which takes into account the loudness, noise frequencies, whether it is day or night and how many aircraft fly over each area.

Land use recommendations follow the ANEF in the Australian Standard AS2021 Acoustics - Aircraft noise intrusion – Building siting and design. The federal government department Airservices Australia and state and local government use these standards. These standards are ignored by the airport, but can be enforced on the community.

Above 20 ANEF homes, schools, hospitals and nursing homes should have noise insulation and above 25 ANEF, aircraft noise is too great for these buildings even with insulation. Even at 15 ANEF, 35% of people are seriously or moderately affected by aircraft noise.

view the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast for 2029>>

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