Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport

The Airport Management Team strive to operate in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner and endeavour to make a positive contribution to the economic and social growth of the South West region.

Environmental Review Document (ERD): Public Review

Aircraft Noise Complaints

If you wish to lodge a complaint you will be required to provide information relating specifically to aircraft flight details, your place of residence (or where you hear the aircraft noise) and your contact details. Please contact the Airport Manager on 08 9781 0389.

City of Busselton Noise Modelling

In late 2015, the City of Busselton engaged Aviation specialists To70 Aviation Pty Ltd (To70) to prepare Noise modelling contours to assess the potential noise impacts that may result from the expansion of the Busselton-Margaret River Airport Development Project.

The City requested that ANECs (Australian Noise Exposure Contours), Noise above contours (N-contours) and LAMax contours be prepared for the purpose of informing the Environmental Approval process (through the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority) and include in stakeholder/community consultation to be undertaken.

Following the completion of the noise modelling report and contours generated in December 2015, the City commissioned GHD to complete a Peer Review of the Noise Modelling to validate the inputs, assumptions, configuration of the Integrated Noise Model (INM) and outputs were accurate and meet industry standards appropriate for use in the Environmental Approval process and stakeholder/community consultation.

The Peer review identified a small number of improvements that could be made and as such the modelling was re-run including the recommended improvements.

The final, peer reviewed, noise modelling report was completed in May 2016 and subsequently presented to the Airport Advisory Committee on the 8 June 2016.  On the 22 June 2016, the Noise Modelling Report (May 2016) prepared by To70 was endorsed by the Council for inclusion in the API-A referral to be submitted to the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority and made available for community reference.  A link to Council's reports are provided below:

Council Report

In May 2016, the City of Busselton further requested To70 Aviation to prepare additional ANECs and N-contours based on a revised traffic forecast including Code 4C (B737/A320) aircraft operating freight services.  The revised projected traffic forecast increases the total B737/A320 flights operating from the BMRA by 2 services per week in the first year and then 3 services per week from year 2 onwards.

The basis for preparing these additional ANECs and N-contours including freight services was premised on the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) Round 3 application that the City had submitted to the Federal Government in March 2016.  Subsequently, on the 20 June 2016, the Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP, representing the Federal Government, announced a $9.78million pre-election funding commitment to progress the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport project - Media Release.

Information on Noise Modelling and Contours

Australian Noise Exposure Concepts (ANEC) are part of the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) System, developed in 1980 from the Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) system used at the time and modified to suit Australian conditions and became termed the ANEF system. One of the main differences of the ANEF system was that it incorporated a weighting for aircraft events (1 night movement was weighted to equal 4) for the period 7pm to 7am as oppposed to the 10pm-7am period used in the NEF system.

The ANEF was primarily developed as a land use planning tool aimed at controlling encroachment on airports by urban land development, in particular noise sensitive buildings. The ANEF system is the basis for the Australian Standard AS2021:Acoustics-Aircraft Noise Intrusion-Building Siting and Construction (2015) which provides advice to land planners on the acceptability of building uses (residential, schools, hospitals, industrial etc) based on ANEF zones. The ANEF is accepted as the current Australian standard for forecasting aircraft noise.  It is a forecast of the cumulative noise effect over a twelve month period of airport operations, including all projections of aircraft movements and weather patterns, divided by 365 to show an average annual day exposure. ANEF contours are given values of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40, with the higher the contour value, the greater the noise effect. The ANEF system is made up of the following three noise exposure indicators that all use the same calculation models but are based on different inputs and have different purposes.

  • ANEF (Australian Noise Exposure Forecast) noise contours show the anticipated/forecast noise exposure patterns around an airport and are mainly used by land use planning authorities to manage land development in the vicinity of airports.
  • ANEI (Australian Noise Exposure Index) contours show the historic noise exposure patterns (based on actual aircraft movements and weather patterns) and are generally used in environmental reporting and benchmarking.
  • ANEC (Australian Noise Exposure Concept) are scenario contours and are used to predict ('what if') noise contours resulting from proposed changes to airport operations.

'Number above' contours show the average number of events per day, that exceed a certain sound level and is closer to how people typically perceive noise. For example, an N65 10 event noise contour represents the number of events (10) over 65 decibels (65dB(A)) for a particular area. N contours are generally used to supplement the ANEF and in particular used in community consultation as they indicate a measureable sound that the user can relate to.  It is important to note that N contours represent an average day and not a typical day. Hence, on any specific day a resident may acutally experience more events (or fewer) that the N contour suggests.

LAmax Single event noise contours are a basic metric and represent the maximum noise exposure (in A-weighted Decibels) likely to be experienced during an overflight of a specific aircraft type. 

For further information on the Noise Modelling Report and noise contours or to arrange a meeting with a member of the Airport Development Team please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Julie Rawlings on (08) 9781 1749.

Additional information on aircraft noise and noise modelling associated with Australian airports can be found on the following websites:

https://infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental
https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aircraftnoise
http://aircraftnoise.com.au

Noise Management

The Draft Noise Management Plan 2016 was advertised for public comment in March 2016 and submitted to the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA) as part of the Environmental Referral Document in June 2016. The OEPA advised the City the level of assessment determined for the BMRRA Development Project environmental referral to be a Public Environmental Review (PER). As part of the PER process the City has considered community feedback received through public consultation and as such has reissued the Draft Noise Management Plan (2017) which is being advertised for public comment from 27 February, 2017 to 19 March, 2017.

During the public comment period the Draft Noise Management Plan (2017), Council report, contours and frequently asked questions can be viewed on the City's website Your Say .

For further information contact the Project Team on 9781 1749 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wildlife Management Plan

The Wildlife Hazard Management Plan guides the airport to reduce the potential for bird and wildlife strikes while maintaining a suitable environment for both people and wildlife.

Busselton - Margaret River Regional Airport takes a proactive and ongoing risk management approach to ensure best practice in wildlife risk management. This involves managing wildlife within the airport boundary and identifying risk areas off the airport.

To enhance our wildlife risk management program, Busselton - Margaret River Regional Airport has implemented a non-invasive passive approach to wildlife management. In consultation with airport wildlife specialists and the Department of Parks and Wildlife the Busselton - Margaret River Regional Airport has implemented a wildlife recording and dispersal program. This initiative allows for the monitoring and dispersal of wildlife to minimise the risk to aircraft operating to and from the airport

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