New flight path ruins plans for quiet retirement
A Yandina Creek couple's plans for a quiet retirement at their home in the hills has been ruined by the new Sunshine Coast Airport flight path.
Brendan and Lorraine Holwill purchased their Musgrave Dr home in 2014, when Mr Holwill said the Sunshine Coast Airport's proposed new runway flight path was to cross the other side of Mt Ninderry.
But since then the route has changed, with planes now roaring over the top of their home.
Aircraft began using the new flight path on July 6, following the completion and opening of the Sunshine Coast Airport's new 2450m runway.
"When the big jets take off in our direction the windows vibrate and it's hard to have a conversation," Mr Holwill said.
"What's really upset us is when we first thought about moving here in 2012 it looked as though the flight path was on the other side of Mt Ninderry.
"When we purchased our home was right on the very edge of the lowest noise shadow."
Mr Holwill said they were told by a neighbour weeks before the new route would be used, that it would be above their home.
The Civil Aviation Authority in October last year approved the flight paths which would impact areas including Peregian Beach and Peregian Springs, Marcus Beach, Yandina Creek and Verrierdale.
At the time a Sunshine Coast Airport spokeswoman told the Sunshine Coast Daily the airspace changes were "necessary to achieve safe and efficient operations for the airport and the community".
Flights have resumed to South Australia and Cairns, but now Mr Holwill worries about the extent of the noise impact once the airport returns to full operations.
He said he withdrew his superannuation to purchase the home and planned to renovate and eventually sell for something smaller.
"We're worried that's gone out the window now … God knows what the value of the property will be now," Mr Holwill said.
"It leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you look into these factors and you act on that, and then everything changes."
In July a report by the Australian Noise Ombudsman raised concerns about how consultation was handled for the new runway.
It made several recommendations which Airservices Australia accepted.
The report said the community engagement was split between Sunshine Coast Council and Airservices and it lacked "effective co-ordination".
"Which was confusing for the affected residents and gave rise to a significant number of complaints," it said.
Last week Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien said Airservices Australia had an opportunity to work with Flight Path Forum, the group which raised concerns about consultation.
"Now we finally have the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman's report, which provides a detailed critique of the flaws in the process … (it) goes to show that you don't take a backward step, even when the government is telling you that everything's fine," he said.