May 14, 2013

Funding for St Nicholas Church

The Federal Labor Government will provide $5 million to install noise insulation at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Thebarton.

 Hindmarsh MP Steve Georganas said this funding would be welcomed by the local community, who have campaigned strongly for measures to minimise the impact of aircraft noise.

“This is great news for the western suburbs and for all the volunteers and community members who use the church on a daily basis” he said.

“It’s on top of the $3.4 million insulation funding provided to St George Greek Orthodox Church for the insulation project completed in 2012.”

“I’ve always fought hard to protect the curfew and represented my community on issues of aircraft noise, so this is a big win for the people and groups who use the church.

Adelaide MP Kate Ellis said the church could soon operate in a less disruptive environment.

“Any measure that significantly minimises the impact of aircraft noise in the local community, particularly around important sites of worship and reflection are welcome,” Ms Ellis said.

“It was an important issue for Thebarton and I am glad we are able to deliver another win for the local community.”

Mr Albanese said the Government will continue to balance the needs of residents near airports and the safe operation of Adelaide’s skies.

“This is an effective and practical solution to ensuring the impact of airports and aircraft noise are minimised on communities living near airports,” he said.

This final round of the Adelaide Airport Noise Amelioration Program completes the insulation of public buildings under the scheme and is provided for under existing legislation.

Since being established in 2000, the program has insulated 648 residences and seven public buildings in eligible areas.