No levy for Adelaide church aircraft noise insulation

Media Release

WT427/2015

14 December 2015

Joint release with:

Matt Williams

Federal Member for Hindmarsh

The Australian Government will not impose a levy to recover costs for noise insulation works at the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Community Hall, saving Adelaide airport passengers from a hike in ticket prices and sparing airlines an extra regulatory and administrative burden.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced today that the Australian Government will fully fund the insulation work.

“In the 2013–14 Federal Budget $5 million was allocated over two years by the Labor Government for noise insulation works at the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Community Hall,” Mr Truss said.

“Labor proposed that costs would be recovered through an aircraft noise levy on jet aircraft landings at Adelaide Airport, similar to the approach used under the former Adelaide Airport Noise Insulation Program.

“Through close and careful project management, the Coalition has significantly reduced the costs of the project and the Australian Government has decided to meet the full cost as part of the Budget and not to proceed with a levy.”

Federal Member for Hindmarsh Matt Williams confirmed noise insulation works in Thebarton are progressing well.

“Works were completed on the Community Hall next to the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on 6 November 2015,” Mr Williams said.

“Noise testing was undertaken on 9 November and confirmed that aircraft noise levels measured within the Hall complied with Australian Standards.

“Works to insulate the Church have now commenced and are expected to be completed by the end of March next year.”