The Labor candidate contesting the by-election for the federal seat of Griffith vacated by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Terri Butler, has called for the trialling of a curfew for Brisbane Airport.
“One thing that should certainly be on the cards is trialling a curfew. They do it in Sydney. There’s no reason why you couldn’t trial it in Brisbane,” Butler told theguardian.com.
“The real question for residents is that night-time period of 11pm to 6am where your kids are sleeping, where you’re asleep, it’s a weeknight and you have 15 flights across: how do you mitigate that noise?”
The Liberal National Party candidate for the seat, Bill Glasson, told The Guardian that he felt a curfew was unnecessary, saying that the opening of Brisbane’s parallel runway in 2020 would allow more flights to approach the airport from over Moreton Bay.
The electorate of Griffith takes in several suburbs of Brisbane’s inner south, and is to the southwest of Brisbane Airport.
A review into aircraft noise over Brisbane was commissioned by then federal Transport Minister (and now Opposition Transport spokesperson) Anthony Albanese in August.