Community groups alarmed at the controversial expansion of Gold Coast Airport runway set to destroy a large swathe of Crown wetland in NSW and increase air-traffic noise over homes in the Tweed are holding a public meeting on Monday.
The Tugun Cobaki Alliance (TCA) is hosting the ‘Save Our Tweed – No Runway Extension’ protest meeting on 14 March at 6pm (NSW) at the South Tweed Community Centre, Heffron Street, South Tweed.
Alliance spokesperson Lindy Smith urged residents to ‘act now before it’s too late’.
A poster for the meeting says the airport expansion plans ‘will put larger, lower and noisier planes over your homes and affect your property prices’.
‘Airport expansion will also destroy critical ecosystems of the lower Tweed river system, state protected wetlands and critical Class 1 fishery habitat,’ the poster says.
‘It will impact on existing jobs in Tweed Shire! The Tweed community has successfully said NO to runway extension in the past. ‘
The contentious plan to expand the runway and build an instrument landing system (ILS) on the Crown land has sparked a public outcry on the NSW side of the border, with recent moves by the Greens to block it unsuccessful. (see previous story http://www.echo.net.au/2016/02/labor-helps-block-move-for-gold-coast-airport-probe/)
The move by the Greens in the senate last month was aimed at deferring the federal government’s approval the ILS but was blocked after Labor joined the coalition to defeat it.
It followed the earlier approval of the $10-million ILS which the Greens say paves the way for the extension of the runway into the environmentally sensitive Crown land in NSW.
The Greens have called for a public inquiry into how public land was being transferred to the privately-run Gold Coast Airport for the expansion.
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said she shared the concerns of many locals about the potential for increased noise pollution that would result from a new flight path associated with the ILS.
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