Queenstown Airport Corporation chief executive Scott Paterson (top, third from left) talks to Frankton residents about the corporation's offer of aircraft noise mitigation packages to affected homeowners. Photo by James Beech.
The nature and timing of aircraft noise mitigation to be
offered in Frankton were among the questions posed by
residents to Queenstown Airport Corporation chiefs at a
drop-in session last week.
However, no-one who attended protested the plan outright,
raised concerns about being sealed in their houses by the
mitigation measures of insulation and mechanical ventilation,
or called for the airport to move away from residential
More than 80 Frankton residents met senior airport managers
to comment on and ask questions about the corporation's offer
of aircraft noise mitigation packages to the 150 homeowners
The initiative was announced on February 25.
Queenstown Airport Corporation chief executive Scott Paterson
said on Thursday he met some of the 10 homeowners most
affected by noise who stand to have their mitigation packages
fully funded by the corporation.
The next 140 homeowners, who live in projected noise
boundaries emanating from the runaway, could receive 75%
towards the cost of installing mechanical ventilation.
''We had a great turnout, lots of questions, and we've taken
away quite a lot of questions to seek further input,
particularly about the measurement and the impact of noise on
Homeowners pointed out their houses on maps and staff gave
them an indication of the mitigation they would be entitled
Homeowners will be contacted about how and when they might
receive an offer.
Tenders for mitigation suppliers will be issued, but the
timing is not known yet.
''It was a good learning experience for both groups,'' Mr
Paterson said, ''Internally, we will correlate the comments
we each received last night and develop a plan to provide
feedback to people.''
The Queenstown Airport Liaison Committee will meet in June
and winter noise monitoring would be conducted in July and
August, Mr Paterson said.
''We expect to be sending the estimated 150 affected home
owners letters offering the mitigation package commensurate
with their noise zoning. Mitigation will start to be
installed in September or October.
''Summer noise planning is scheduled for January and February