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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

10 May 2000

SYDNEY AIRPORT TO TRIAL PRECISION RUNWAY MONITOR


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Robert Hill, today announced a trial of the proposed precision runway monitor (PRM) radar system for Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

The Minister based his decision on the Commission of Inquiry's report into the PRM system that recommended that further analysis of the impacts of the PRM be conducted in the form of a trial prior to any decision on the installation of the system occurring.

The PRM system is intended to allow the capacity of the airport to be maintained during the morning and afternoon peaks during periods of bad weather.

Senator Hill decided that conducting the trial was the best way of gathering data on the PRM system as it had the potential to change aircraft operations and the patterns of aircraft noise in some areas to the north of the airport.

The trial of the PRM is expected to be conducted between mid July and mid November this year which would incorporate the Olympic period. Monitoring of aircraft noise will be conducted before and after the trial to enable a comparison of PRM operations and current operations.

To ensure that all public concerns relating to the PRM proposal are investigated, Senator Hill has directed that a consultative committee be established to assist in the development, running and analysis of the trial. The committee will consist of representatives from Environment Australia, Airservices Australia, the Department of Transport and Regional Services, the Sydney Airport Consultative Forum, Ansett, Qantas, and the general community.

10 May, 2000
Media Contact: Rod Bruem (02) 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364

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