Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another Terrible Weekend

It's warm, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the sky is blue, it's the weekend, so why the suffering?

Ah yes I forgot, it's only by the grace of God, the Minister for Transport and the joy riding pilots that we are allowed short moments of peace between the roar of unmuffled light aircraft and helicopters from the Moorabbin Airport.

Apparently we all moved here for the cheap land and housing, it has nothing to do with the beautiful coastline or the right of every Australian to enjoy basic standards of amenity wherever they live.  That's aside from the fact that many of us actually paid considerable sums to live here and fully expected a sensible measure of amenity given the lack of any flood or aircraft warnings on our land titles.  Indeed in some instances we are several kilometres from the airport.

It seems logical to most of us that the planes and helicopters should  fly over the vast expanses of industrial estates. commercial developments and market gardens around the airport, but alas they seem to prefer our backyards and along the beach.

Heck if you've got a plane or a pilots licence shouldnt you be allowed to fly anywhere you damn well please?

Is it true that Australia is one of the least civilised countries in the developed world in terms of recognising the rights of its citizens to basic amenity and a measure of peace and quiet?