The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will reduce the projected use of its Salt Ash Air Weapons range to decrease the impact of aircraft noise on the local community.

Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Geoff Brown said the defence department has completed its review of the proposed joint strike fighter (JSF) training activities and said the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) will be refined in the area.

“The decreased usage by the JSF of Salt Ash Range will be balanced by increasing use of training simulation,” Brown said.

Reducing the JSF’s proposed use of the range will bring back the noise contours to the previous ANEF 2012 and will ensure the future of the range as an essential training environment for the air force, according to Brown.

“By no means are we closing the range as the air force will need to retain it for its lead-in fighter training capability,” Brown said.

The new noise map will eventually amend the existing 2025 ANEF.