17 October 2012
In an article by Andrew Tillett and Geoffrey Thomas for The West Australian newspaper, it was reported that one person has made 21,411 complaints (40% of total complaints) to Airservices Australia about aircraft noise in Perth.
The complainant, Canning Vale resident Kevin McNamara, said that his record was 800 complaints in a day, and he often complained 50 times about a single flight. His average is now 70 complaints per day.
His objective is for Airservices Australia to change flight paths or provide noise insulation for his home. It is difficult to change flight paths due to restricted military airspace zones around Perth and the close proximity of Jandakot Airport, Perth Airport, and RAAF Base Pearce.
Airservices Australia and the Noise Ombudsman have been unsuccessful in trying to reason with Mr McNamara.
It should be noted that Perth Airport has been operational since 1942, and Jandakot Airport has been operating since 1962. Mr McNamara moved to Canning Vale many years after this, and made his first noise complaint in 2004.