A local federal MP has publicly backed southern Gold Coast residents who are calling for the curfew at Gold Coast Airport to be protected.
Qantas was granted permission to bring in extra freight flights during curfew hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
That deal is due to end on April 1 but the airline wants to see that arrangement extended until December, although some believe they want to see it become more permanent.
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On Tuesday night, around 100 residents packed into a hall in Tugun for the first public meeting to keep the 11pm to 6am curfew in place.
It comes after close to 800 residents signed a pro-forma petition opposing the potential increase to 31 aircraft movements during the curfew each month.
Now, residents have the backing of local LNP MP Karen Andrews, who has written to the Department of Infrastructure expressing her strong opposition to any further extension of the current airport curfew exemption.
“There has been an exemption in place to help address supply chain issues during the pandemic,” Mrs Andrews explained.
“This temporary exemption allowed four freight flights per week to arrive within the curfew period and was particularly relevant when the state government closed the Queensland-NSW border.
“With travel restrictions and border closures ceasing in recent months we will now see an ongoing restoration of flights and of other freight networks over the coming months.
“I strongly believe it’s inappropriate to allow an ongoing permanent breech of the curfew.”
In her submission, Ms Andrews said if the exemption continued it would “make a mockery of the concept of a curfew”.
“Southern Gold Coast residents have a long history of working constructively and living harmoniously with the Gold Coast Airport operations and expansions,” she said.
“I encourage local residents to join me by making their own submission to protect the curfew at Gold Coast Airport.”
Those submissions can be sent to: email@example.com