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November 2014

Aircraft Noise in the City of Melbourne

By Environment

Source: City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne has no regulatory control over aircraft in flight within the municipality, other than:

  • helipads – discretionary building height controls in the Planning Scheme for areas around hospitals with helipads and
  • hot air balloons – the State Government Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 was amended in 2011 to provide a licensing role for City of Melbourne as the public land manager of four designated park sites within the municipality where the City of Melbourne may issue a permit for hot air balloons to take off or land.

Some City of Melbourne residents in some suburbs may be adversely affected by aircraft noise.

How to make a complaint about aircraft noise

Airservices Australia manages complaints and enquiries about aircraft noise through its dedicated Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS). The NCIS is the Australian aviation industry’s main interface for the community on aircraft noise. Their website states:

‘If you wish to lodge a complaint or make an enquiry you can do this through the Airservices Australia WebTrak by the online form or by telephoning 1800 802 584 (freecall) or 1300 302 240 (local call – Sydney) or fax (02) 9556 6641 or by mail, Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO Box 211, Mascot NSW 1460.’

The Aircraft Noise Ombudsman (ANO) conducts independent administrative reviews of Airservices Australia’s management of aircraft noise-related activities, including:

  • the handling of complaints or enquiries made to Airservices Australia about aircraft noise
  • community consultation processes related to aircraft noise
  • the presentation and distribution of aircraft noise-related information.

If you have a complaint about aircraft noise, you should first lodge it with Airservices Australia’s Noise Complaints and Information Service.

If they are unable to offer a satisfactory solution, you can then lodge a complaint electronically with the ANO, or write to:

Aircraft Noise Ombudsman
GPO Box 1985
Canberra City ACT 2601

The service is free and available to anyone.

Information on aircraft noise

Airservices and Australian Airports Association has comprehensive information on aircraft noise, including the causes of aircraft noise, how the industry is working together to manage it and what people can do to reduce its impact.

Aircraft regulations and guidelines for aircraft operators

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) provides a list of current legislation (from Attorney General’s Comlaw site) and guidance material which applies to the operations of aircraft and aircraft operators. Read about CASA’s Current rules.

CASA also provides an Introduction to aviation legislation which describes how the legislation affecting the aviation industry is structured.

Residential Re-zoning Outcome

By Planning


We are delighted to inform you that as a consequence of the great deal of work done by the MSYRG the following amendments to the residential zoning of South Yarra were gazetted on 27th November 2014.

It means that a large part of the heritage areas have real protection from inappropriate development.

Those areas are as follows:

  • Both sides of Airlie St
  • West side of Leopold St
  • East side of Park St
  • Part of the east side of Mason St
  • Part of the east side of Millswyn St
  • Both sides of Hope St
  • Part of the east side of Domain St.

All of these properties are now in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone NRZ1 that, most importantly imposes a mandatory height limit of 8 metres.

If the MSYRG had not been active from the beginning of this year and it had been left up to the City of Melbourne strategic planning department:

1. None of South Yarra would have been given the neighbourhood residential zoning under the new legislation; and
2. The height limit would have been 12 metres.

The amendments are contained in a complex set of documents that accompany the Gazette announcement. Detailed information is available on the Planning departments website;

Finally, I must thank profusely our local member of parliament Clem Newton-Brown without whose assistance this outcome would almost certainly not have been possible.

Michael Butcher

Residential Planning Zones (Update)

By Melbourne City Council, Planning

Dear Madam/Sir,

The Minister for Planning has written to the City of Melbourne advising that he has approved Amendment C179 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme. We wanted to inform you of the Minister’s decision, given you have previously made a submission or shown interest in the application of the new residential zones.

The Minister’s letter states that the approval:

  • introduces three new Schedules to the General Residential Zone and applies them to parts of Kensington, Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne, East Melbourne and Jolimont;
  • introduces the Residential Growth Zone and applies it to parts of Carlton and Parkville; and,
  • introduces the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and applies it to parts of South Yarra.

The amendment will come into effect when notice of its approval is published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

No detail beyond the information contained in the letter from the Minister is available at this stage.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates via Participate Melbourne (melbourne.vic.gov.au/participate).


Yours sincerely


Gisele Pratt

Manager, Strategic Planning

Senior Strategic Planner

Telephone: 03 9658 8654

Email: gispra@melbourne.vic.gov.au

MSYRG Annual General Meeting

By Association, Meetings

Date:Thursday 27th November 2014
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Senior Citizens Centre – 65 Toorak Road West, South Yarra 3141


The Committee hopes you can attend to hear a wrap up of what has been a busy year for the Group.



1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. President’s Report

4. Financial Report

5. Election of Office Bearers

6. Other Business