Noise modelling tool step by step guide

1. Enter your address using the 'address' field

2. A pop-up box will appear showing the ANEC information for the year 2030, based on the ANEC modelling method for the 'Prefer 05' operating direction (departures to the north east and arrivals from the south west).

3. The noise modelling tool presents information based on the Australian Noise Exposure Concept (ANEC). This information is available for the years 2030 (stage 1 airport development), 2050 (one runway at capacity) and 2063 (long term development, with two runways).

Using the left hand menu, you can view predicted ANECs based on each of the options outlined above.

Interpreting the noise modelling tool

Australian Noise Exposure Concept (ANEC)

The Australian Noise Exposure Concept (ANEC) takes into account the anticipated number of movements, types of aircraft, and flight paths including the height of aircraft for arrivals and departures. ANECs are useful for land use planning.

The example below shows the ANEC in relation to Silverdale1, on the ‘Prefer 05’2 operating mode in the year 2030.

It shows that Silverdale is outside the ANEC 20 band (in which residences would be acceptable without conditions).

ANEC in relation to Silverdale , on the ‘Prefer 05’ operating mode in the year 2030.

Flight path design process

With the determination of the Airport Plan, the Western Sydney Airport project is entering a new phase. Both the EIS and the Airport Plan have confirmed that a Western Sydney Airport can operate safely and efficiently, and more than 40 conditions have been set for the airport’s development which will help reduce the airport’s impact on the community and the environment.

This new phase means that the Australian Government can now start working with the community and stakeholders to finalise the flight paths. While the noise assessment remains valid for the purposes of the EIS and Airport Plan, the final flight paths and noise impacts will be determined through the flight path design process.

A community and stakeholder reference group, the Forum On Western Sydney Airport, will be established as an integral part of the flight path design process. The forum will allow individuals, community organisations and stakeholders to have an important say on the development of flight paths. Designing flight paths is a complex, multi-year task which will only be completed closer to when operations at the proposed airport commence in the mid-2020s.

To find out more about the flight path design process, read the factsheet Flight paths for Western Sydney Airport.

1. Note the example shows Ridgehaven Road in Silverdale.

2. Information is also available for the ‘Prefer 23’ operating mode. For this location, Silverdale remains outside the ANEC 20 band for the different operating modes in the year 2030.

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