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

15 June 2000


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced the membership of a consultative committee to oversee the trial of the precision runway monitor (PRM) radar system for Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport.

Community representatives on the committee will be Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Chairman of the Sydney Airport Community Forum, Mr John Clarke, Mr David Lidbetter, Ms Valerie Bray and Ms Melinda Keresztes.

Chaired by Mr Gerard Early of Environment Australia, the committee will also include representatives of Ansett, Qantas, the Department of Transport and Regional Services, Airservices Australia and the Sydney Airport Corporation.

The PRM system is intended to allow the capacity of the airport to be maintained during morning and afternoon peaks in periods of bad weather. The trial, which was recommended by the recent public inquiry into the PRM proposal, will be conducted during these periods from late June until November 2000.

Aircraft noise will be monitored at a number of points to the north of Sydney Airport before, during and after the trial to enable a comparison of PRM operations and current operations.

Environment Australia (EA) will be responsible for the overall conduct of the trial. The consultative committee, meeting today for the first time, will assist in the development, running and analysis of the trial.

EA has appointed acoustic consultant Wilkinson Murray Pty to conduct the aircraft noise monitoring program. Team leader Dr Rob Bullen has had 20 years experience in the assessment and control of environmental noise and has conducted internationally recognised research, advised government organisations on noise policies and guidelines and been responsible for the calculation and assessment of noise impacts for numerous large projects.

EA has also appointed the Melbourne-based Ambidji Group to provide independent advice on aviation matters.

Representatives from Wilkinson Murray and Ambidji will participate in consultative committee meetings.

15 June 2000

Media contacts:
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364,
Frank Downing (Environment Australia) 02 6274 1846 or 0409 341 969

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