PHOTO: Brisbane Airport

Tony Sticklen lives under Brisbane’s two flight paths and says day in, day out, the noise is relentless.

“On one day, almost overnight, it was like flicking a switch – we had 30 to 40 flights go over the top of our house without any idea that was going to happen,” Mr Sticklen said.

“We can get 10 flights every 15 minutes during peak hour and that goes on for three hours.

“That’s almost continuous noise and when they’re gone, it’s only then you realise how much stress it was putting on you.”

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Mr Sticklen, who lives in Annerley in Brisbane’s southside, said it has taken a toll on his mental health.

“The amenity of our family home has just been destroyed,” he said.

“I don’t enjoy coming home … I wake up at 6:00am, there’s 20 airplanes in quick succession taking off over Brisbane.

Planes head over homes in the Brisbane suburb of Bulimba.
A plane over homes in the Brisbane suburb of Bulimba.(ABC News: Alice Pavlovic)

Julie Van Oosten, who lives at the nearby suburb of Moorooka, said the return of international travel had led to a significant increase in air traffic.

“Basically, every arrival that comes into Brisbane when there’s north-easterly winds, flies over our house on either of those paths,” Ms Van Oosten said.

“Whether the flights are coming from Los Angeles, Europe or domestic flights, we get every single plane, which can be relentless.

“It affects my concentration, I don’t spend as much time in the garden or outside as I used to, I’m disconnected from my kids and my husband … it’s really impacting how we live in our home.”

A low-flying plane seen over Bulimba in the last week.
A low-flying plane seen over Brisbane in the last week.(ABC News: Alice Pavlovic)



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