Draft Community Engagement Standard available for national comment

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Airservices Australia is inviting the community to have its say on a new national engagement approach for the development and implementation of flightpath changes.

Airservices’ new draft national Community Engagement Standard outlines how the organisation plans to boost its timely, meaningful and transparent engagement with communities and the aviation industry on flightpath and airspace change proposals.

Airservices Australia Chief Executive Officer Jason Harfield said the draft Standard defines best-practise process for engaging with communities on flightpath and airspace changes and provides a benchmark to measure future community engagement activities.

“A key element of the Standard is engaging early with communities, providing transparency around decision-making and allowing adequate time for community stakeholders to have an input into those decisions,’’ Mr Harfield said.

“We are continuing to enhance the way we engage with communities on flightpath and airspace changes. We want to make sure we build on recent experience so that communities can better work with us on future flightpath design and implementation.”

Airservices is hosting 13 community engagement drop-in sessions around Australia from 22 May until 21 June here, via an independent third-party advisory company, to gauge feedback on the draft Standard.

Communities will be able to have their say at locations including Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Hobart, Launceston, Ballina, Adelaide and Perth.

A series of 10 online webinars will also be held to enable participation from other communities.

Click here to register for a community information session and/or webinar.

Community feedback on the Standard closes on Friday 23 June 2023. Submit it here.

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Airservices Australia is a government-owned organisation responsible for the safe and efficient management of 11 per cent of the world’s airspace and the provision of aviation rescue fire fighting services at Australia’s busiest airports. We connect people with their world safely – linking family and friends, generating economic activity, creating jobs and facilitating trade and tourism.

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