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Draft Australian Noise Exposure Forecast

The Department of Defence has prepared a new draft Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) for RAAF Base Amberley for the year 2029.

The draft ANEF has been prepared for community feedback and has no validity for land use planning purposes.

A copy of the draft ANEF is available for download at the following links:

Key Features of the new concept map

Two Australian F/A 18 Super Hornets

The draft ANEF is based on a new forecast of predicted aircraft movements and flight paths in the year 2029. The map has been prepared using specialist acoustic software in accordance with Australian Standard AS2021:2015 - Acoustics - Building Siting and Construction.

The draft ANEF includes:

  • Australian military activity and visiting air forces.
  • An increased number of military fast jet movements.
  • The new F/A-18F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler.
  • The new C-27J Spartan, C-17A Globemaster III and KC-30 Multi Role Tanker Transport.
  • Visiting F-35A Lightning II aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown.
  • New "Fly Neighbourly" flight paths designed by Air Force Headquarters to reduce noise affecting Ipswich.

Community Feedback on the Concept Map

Defence held community consultation on a preliminary “Concept Map” between 20 November 2016 and 30 January 2017. 
Following community feedback Defence made the following changes:

  • A revised “Fly Neighbourly” departure to the north;
  • Updated landing flight paths from the north; and
  • The inclusion of tactical approaches used by the C-17A Globemaster II during training.

These changes reduced the 20 ANEF contour near Blacksoil and eliminated a 20 ANEF ‘Island’ contour over Glamorgan Vale, but expanded the area of 25 and 30 ANEF near the base.  The inclusion of tactical approaches did not change contours due to the low number of movements involved.

Flight profiles for Super Hornet aircraft landing from the south near Purga were also adjusted.  Contours in this area are similar to the Public Environment Report (PER) prepared for the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

Comparison maps are available for download: