Draft Noise Management Plan and Fly Neighbourly Advice

Council has been undertaking a multistep project to review operations at the Kempsey Airport and develop a Noise Management Plan (NMP) and Fly Neighbourly Advice (FNA). In August 2017 Council resolved to appoint a Community Reference Group, now referred to as the Kempsey Airport Reference Group (KARG). The role of KARG is outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions.



Specialist consultants The Airport Group (TAG) were engaged in July 2018 to conduct a noise study and use that data to prepare the draft documents.

To date TAG have worked to;

  • Undertake noise monitoring at various locations surrounding Kempsey Airport;
  • Provide an overview of the outcomes of the noise monitoring;
  • Review noise events in the context of Australian Standards;
  • Conduct stakeholder engagement;
  • Undertake detailed analysis of aircraft movements and benchmarking;
  • Review the noise impacts and identify noise management strategies; and
  • Produce a draft NMP and FNA for Kempsey Airport.

In order to produce the NMP, noise monitoring was conducted at 17 locations surrounding the Kempsey Airport over an eight-week period. The first stage was four locations across a four-week period, and the second stage included monitoring at a source location (close to the runway centre) and an additional 12 locations across a four-week period with three separate locations each week in addition to the source monitor.

Following Council’s December 2018 resolution to make amendments and facilitate a further review meeting between TAG and KARG, the draft documents are now open for community comment and feedback.

The documents will be on public exhibition for 12 weeks and a community workshop / information session will be held on Thursday 28 March, 2019.

This is a complex and technical area of Airport management but the community’s input is vital in moving forward.

Have your say;

Submissions close 1 May, 2019.

Council has been undertaking a multistep project to review operations at the Kempsey Airport and develop a Noise Management Plan (NMP) and Fly Neighbourly Advice (FNA). In August 2017 Council resolved to appoint a Community Reference Group, now referred to as the Kempsey Airport Reference Group (KARG). The role of KARG is outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions.



Specialist consultants The Airport Group (TAG) were engaged in July 2018 to conduct a noise study and use that data to prepare the draft documents.

To date TAG have worked to;

  • Undertake noise monitoring at various locations surrounding Kempsey Airport;
  • Provide an overview of the outcomes of the noise monitoring;
  • Review noise events in the context of Australian Standards;
  • Conduct stakeholder engagement;
  • Undertake detailed analysis of aircraft movements and benchmarking;
  • Review the noise impacts and identify noise management strategies; and
  • Produce a draft NMP and FNA for Kempsey Airport.

In order to produce the NMP, noise monitoring was conducted at 17 locations surrounding the Kempsey Airport over an eight-week period. The first stage was four locations across a four-week period, and the second stage included monitoring at a source location (close to the runway centre) and an additional 12 locations across a four-week period with three separate locations each week in addition to the source monitor.

Following Council’s December 2018 resolution to make amendments and facilitate a further review meeting between TAG and KARG, the draft documents are now open for community comment and feedback.

The documents will be on public exhibition for 12 weeks and a community workshop / information session will be held on Thursday 28 March, 2019.

This is a complex and technical area of Airport management but the community’s input is vital in moving forward.

Have your say;

Submissions close 1 May, 2019.

  • Community Information Session

    3 months ago

    Thursday 28 March, 2019

    Between 4:00 - 7:00pm at Kempsey Council Committee Rooom, Tozer St Kempsey.

    The information session is not a public meeting and won't involve formal presentations. It is an opportunity for people considering making a submission to drop-in and ask questions of the technical experts.

    Experts from The Airport Group and Senior Council staff will be on hand to help answer individual questions that will assist people in completing a submission on the draft documents.

    For more informaiton on how the session works please read the Outline from the document library.


    Thursday 28 March, 2019

    Between 4:00 - 7:00pm at Kempsey Council Committee Rooom, Tozer St Kempsey.

    The information session is not a public meeting and won't involve formal presentations. It is an opportunity for people considering making a submission to drop-in and ask questions of the technical experts.

    Experts from The Airport Group and Senior Council staff will be on hand to help answer individual questions that will assist people in completing a submission on the draft documents.

    For more informaiton on how the session works please read the Outline from the document library.