The following resolution was moved at the July Bellvista Community Association Management Committee Meeting. It has been forwarded on to Councillor Grosskreutz.
This resolution is referred to in a post below (HERE). Click on the picture below left for a larger view.
Resolution: That the Bellvista Community Association approaches Councillor Grosskreutz to pursue a Sunshine Coast Regional Council policy agreement that only Community Friendly Industries be granted renewed leases at Caloundra Airport.
Background Information: The nature of Caloundra is changing. It is expanding to be a huge residential development with 50,000 new residents expected to move into the area (Caloundra South). The rapid increase in community numbers demands a community friendly living environment. The requirements of so many residents should over-ride the needs of future Airport Lessees.
Most complaints aired against Caloundra Airport operations involve the behaviour of pilots from the Helicopter Training School. This industry has demonstrated a continual disregard for Caloundra residents in their repeated circuits over residential areas as trainee helicopter pilots do their repetitive circuits and practise their take offs and landings. This blatant disregard for Caloundra residents was demonstrated when low flying Helicopter Training Flights were conducted over residences at 7:10 a.m. on Good Friday of this year. (See HERE)
This was not a ‘one-off’ incident but occurs on a regular basis throughout the week.
It has been decided by the state government that the airport is to stay. It is freely agreed that airports and residential communities do not mix. If the airport is to stay in the centre of a huge future residential development, there will need to be some restrictions placed upon industries which will be allowed to prosper there.
Any loss of revenue by not renewing the Helicopter Training School (or any other Non-Community Friendly Industry) lease could be easily overcome by resiting Community Friendly Industries from the Sunshine Coast Airport.
Recently resident Kim Beech contacted BeCA regarding Airport noise. His story was picked up by Michelle French of the Caloundra Journal. The article arising from Kim’s email can be read on Page 5 of today’s “Caloundra Journal, Noise Issue Set To Get Louder”. You can read Kim’s email to BeCA HERE.