Aerodrome curfew, user fees and charges

Swan Hill Rural City Council is proposing a night time curfew and new user fees and charges for Swan Hill and Robinvale Aerodromes.

The proposal for the curfew comes after a number of noise complaints were received regarding noise generated by aircraft using airspace over Swan Hill for circuit training.

Director of Infrastructure Svetla Petkova said that the proposed night time curfew would assist to limit circuit training activities by flight training aircraft.

“We are proposing that the night time curfew take effect from 11pm until 6am, seven days of the week”

“Council’s aerodromes are currently unrestricted and allow for 24 hours, seven days a week operation – so this curfew will, aside from emergency services and landing aircrafts which are exempt from the curfew, reduce aircraft noise during these times”

Additionally, there are a number of key drivers for the aerodrome user charges including an increase in support for the operation of the aerodrome, to ensure assets are maintained and continue to support local business and Emergency services.

“The aerodromes play an important role in providing quality access for emergency and medical services, as well as civil aviation operations, and these proposed user fees and charges will help contribute towards the maintenance costs” Ms Petkova said.

The proposed user Fees and Charges have been structured in a non-discriminatory manner and consistent with the current up to date charges used across similar airports and aerodromes across Australia.

The proposed User Fees and Charges and restrictions on operation for the Swan Hill and Robinvale Aerodromes are open for public comment from Friday, 25 June here.

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