Update #5 (12 Nov 2021)
On Friday 12 Nov 2021, BFPCA met with the Forum (BAPAF) to present the community perspective on the new flight paths, in what we believe was a constructive two hour meeting. Some key take-aways are:
- BAPAF’s timeframe is one year, although they said they were moving fast and were ahead of schedule.
- The Forum assured BFPCA that assessing the benefits of the new runway and flight paths is not a part of their scope. They assured us that the outcome of their work will not be a justification that the benefits of the new runway and flight paths outweigh the detrimental consequences for the community.
- Reporting directly to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, the Forum is in a position to relay the community’s demand for an immediate Ministerial Directive instructing Airservices Australia to fix the problem.
Our message to the Forum was:
- While Airservices told the community in PIR sessions that there are too many constraints in the airspace above Brisbane which severely limits their ability to make radical and necessary change to the flight paths, Airservices is responsible for airspace design and therefore owns those constraints.
- Airservices had 20 years to remove those constraints so that the Brisbane flight paths could be designed with noise abatement as a priority. They did nothing.
- Airservices CAN fix this problem once a Ministerial Directive instructs them to do so.
BFPCA will continue to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Forum in pursuit of a satisfactory outcome for the Brisbane community. Upload or email your submission by Fri 26 Nov 2021, 5:00pm AEST.
Update #4 (26 Oct 2021)
Following the advertisement on 16 Oct regarding BAPAF submissions, we contacted them and requested the date for community submissions be extended from 5 Nov to Friday 26 Nov 2021. This extension was agreed and will be shortly advertised.
We understand that several submissions have already been received and if you have one ready to go please send it in by the earlier date.
BFPCA representatives will be invited to meet with the Advisory Forum within the next couple of weeks.
We thank the Forum Chair for taking on board community feedback regarding the tight date for submissions and the invite for BFPCA to meet with them.
Update #3 (21 Oct 2021)
We only just discovered that tucked away in the minutes of the BAPAF’s first meeting, it also says:
Community groups/representatives will be invited to a meeting of the Forum on 12 November 2021 to speak to their submission to the Forum.BAPAF meeting minutes (11 Oct 2021)
Once we find out more about this, we will let everyone know.
Update #2 (15 Oct 2021)
The Brisbane Airport Post Implementation Review Advisory Forum (BAPAF) has opened a public call and invites all community members to provide written submissions on the Airservices Australia Post Implementation Review (PIR). The Forum wants to hear from all members of the public who are impacted by Brisbane airspace changes on what you would like to see as outcomes of the PIR.
BFPCA encourages everyone to engage in this call for submissions and make yourselves heard. If you have already written complaints to BAC, to the Airservices NCIS team, to the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman, to your federal MP, or described your experience in the BFPCA Community Survey, please re-purpose your submission and forward it to BAPAF, too.
We especially urge everyone to emphasise in your submissions that the scope of the PIR process is far too limited and ministerial directives are urgently needed to enact proper change. Furthermore, Airservices are effectively “marking their own homework,” and lack the necessary independence to complete an effective review. Independent leadership of the PIR is imperative to deliver an impartial and unbiased review, and we ask you to stress this point in your submission to BAPAF.
You can also find suggested questions you may want to pose to BAPAF on our PIR page (see Update #6), including:
- How will Airservices ensure the PIR process is independent considering it is inherently conflicted in conducting a review of its own implementation performance and design outcomes?
- Why do the PIR Terms of Reference not include any KPIs with regards to articulating how transparency, independence, objectivity and integrity will be embedded in the PIR process?
Update #1 (24 Sep 2021)
On 24 Sep 2021, Deputy PM and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce announced the formation of the Brisbane Airport Post Implementation Review Advisory Forum (BAPAF). Its terms of reference suggest that:
Recognising the significant community interest in aircraft operations using the new runway system, and the need to have an independent view of the findings from the PIR, the Government has established the Brisbane Airport PIR Advisory Forum (the Forum) as a key stakeholder group to provide feedback and input to the PIR process.Terms of Reference (Sep 2021)
Given the breakdown in trust between aviation stakeholders (particularly BAC and Airservices) and impacted communities in over 130 suburbs across Greater Brisbane over a long period of time there is naturally a high level of skepticism with the announcement. After the ANO released his damning report, this skepticism is justified, and regaining community trust has to be earned over time by our authorities.
BFPCA continues to liaise with the BAPAF Secretariat and its members to gain more information and detail on the Forum’s processes and objectives, including: (i) committee selection, composition and independence; (ii) transparency of interactions with all stakeholders, and; (iii) committee engagement with the impacted communities and BFPCA.
So far, we have been assured that this is an evolving process and there will be independence, respect and engagement with the impacted communities and transparency in dealings. We have been told the BAPAF Terms of Reference are a first version and is a living document and designed to be adaptable and flexible.
As with the PIR process, BFPCA’s position is to maintain a proactive and constructive approach with BAPAF. We will continue to advocate strongly for the community’s demands.