The Naval Air Station HMAS Albatross was established in 1939 and is located to the south-west of the Nowra-Bomaderry urban area. HMAS Albatross is the sole Royal Australian Navy Air Station and as a result is an important strategic defence base. Given the importance of the base, Council works with the Navy and Department of Defence to ensure it can continue to operate.
There are a range of strategic planning controls in place, and information available, to ensure that landowners, residents and the general community are aware of the Air Station and its operations as part of the purchase or development of properties. These include the following:
Defence Noise Website
This website is operated by the Department of Defence and provides a range of information on noise associated with defence airbases in Australia, including HMAS Albatross. The website contains information on the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) for HMAS Albatross.
Military Aircraft Operating Areas
This map shows the military aircraft operating areas associated with HMAS Albatross and details operating heights, flight frequency etc. The map can also be viewed at Councils Administrative Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra.
Defence Aviation Area
Until recently, the airspace on and around HMAS Albatross, was protected by the Defence (Areas Control) Regulations [DACR], 1996.
On 26 March 2018, the DACR were repealed and replaced by an amendment to the Defence Regulations, 2016 dealing with Defence Aviation Areas (DAA). The DAA require Defence approval of any structure that may pose a hazard to aviation within a radius of approximately 15km of the declared airfield. The requirement for Defence approval under the DAA is still completely separate to any approvals required by state and local government planning authorities.
The Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 contains provisions related to the following:
Clause 7.9 – HMAS Albatross airspace operations
Clause 7.10 – Development in the HMAS Albatross Military Airfield buffer area (and associated map)
These provisions ensure that developments within the vicinity of HMAS Albatross are appropriately considered in terms of height, noise etc.
Shoalhaven DCP 2014 - Chapter N24 HMAS Albatross Military Airfield Buffer
Development Control Plan 2014 - Chapter N24 HMAS Albatross Military Airfield Buffer – Policy for residential Development in Vicinity of Royal Naval Air Station Nowra, has been in place since 1997 (DCP 69). The DCP provides more detailed guidance and planning controls on the siting of residential dwellings in the HMAS Albatross airfield buffer area.
Section 10.7 Certificates
Section 10.7 (zoning) certificates provide information on how land may be used and restrictions on its development. Various information regarding HMAS Albatross, including the above matters where relevant, is provided on a full Section 10.7 (zoning) certificates that are issued at the time of the sale or purchase of land generally.
Bird Strike Controls
The Department of Defence has advised that "bird strike" is a potential issues for various uses within the vicinity of HMAS Albatross and the broader area. The HMAS Albatross Constraints Bird Strike map shows particular uses that should be avoided within different mapped areas surrounding the base. The Guidline: Managing the Risk of Wildlife Strikes in the Vacinity of Airports, which is contained within the National Airports Safeguardin Framework is relevant in this regard and can be accessed using this link.