This item was sparked by Kim Beech’s email to BeCA and was picked up by the Caloundra Journal. Kim suggested concerned residents should contact Airservices Australia to register their concerns.
It needs to be added that BeCA has forwarded a resolution to Cr Grosskreutz that only “Community Friendly” industries be offered leases at Caloundra Airport. You can read the full text of this resolution which was passed at the recent BeCA Management Committee meeting HERE.
BeCA Management Committee Members have been raising concerns with “Airservices Australia” and an email response to one of those concerns is included below.
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The original email text follows:
“I read the item in the recent Caloundra Journal with interest. I wish to make the following comments. It seems to me that there are two different discussion points here in this article and they tend to become confused from time to time.
1/ The first discussion point is the future of Caloundra Airport. It has already been decided by the State Government that the Airport is to stay. This contradicts what Bellvista residents were told when they bought here. It was indicated to them that the Airport was to be relocated around 2014. This has now changed. This is not the fault of Bellvista residents.
2/ The behaviour of some pilots (especially those from the helicopter training school) overflying residential areas is the second discussion point. There are now many more flights than previously. This is the major concern right now, not whether or not the airport should stay or go, but to do something about the ‘cowboy’ behaviour of this airport industry located at Caloundra Airport.
If the helicopter over flights were stopped immediately, there would more likely be an acceptance of the airport by many residents.
The “Fly Neighbourly Policy” is a non-binding commitment on pilots and appears frequently ignored. The excuse given is that many students do not have the experience or ability to maintain the pre defined circuits. Also weather conditions can impact on aircraft making it difficult to maintain the circuits.
But the nature of this area of Caloundra around the airport has changed as well. Caloundra South was once a pine plantation area suitable for aircraft over flights. It is now to become a major residential area on the Sunshine Coast. This has implications for the supply of infra structure and other community centres. It also has implications for the Caloundra Airport as in the near future the airport is going to be located in the middle of a large substantial residential area.
In the Caloundra Journal article, residents are told by Peter Pallot that they have to put up with unreasonable over flights, “If people choose to live near an airport, people should make themselves aware of their environment”. It appears that Caloundra has to ‘change’ to accept the unfriendly environment created by inappropriate pilot and aircraft behaviour from some lessees at Caloundra Airport. Isn’t this the tail wagging the dog?
Perhaps the quote attributed to Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot should be “If people choose to run an airport in the middle of a huge residential area then the airport managers should make themselves aware of their environment”.
Yes residents bought near an airport and most reasonable residents will accept everyday aeroplane take-offs and landings, the coming and going of emergency services aircraft and the occasional military aircraft flying in and taking off. This is what happens when you buy a block of land near an airport.
There needs to be some give and take by both sides of the debate. It therefore seems that airport management could look to encouraging “Community Friendly” industries to continue at Caloundra Airport as a trade off to allay resident concerns. The vast majority of complaints are in relation to the helicopter training school and they are apparently the most community unfriendly industry at Caloundra Airport.
Let us face it, any Helicopter Training School which chooses (and admits) to conduct training circuits over residential areas at 7:10 am on Good Friday could hardly be classed as a “Community Friendly Industry”.”
Some of BeCA’s Committee members have been registering complaints regarding Airport Noise with “Airservices Australia” following Kim Beech’s suggestion.
Below is the text from an email received by a BeCA Management Committee Member:
Thank you for comments lodged via the online form on the 14th of July, 2011.
Since your complaints and others have been received from Caloundra we have been making every effort to ensure that Caloundra will receive our next report giving complaint details.
The protocol is that Sunshine Coast Regional Council needs to request our reports on a permanent basis but please be assured we are doing everything possible from this office to ensure that our reports are received.
If you have any further noise complaints please do not hesitate to contact the Noise Enquiry Unit again.
Noise Enquiry Unit, Environmental Services, Airservices Australia.
To contact the Noise Enquiry Unit phone 1800 802 584, Fax 02 9556 6641. Or write to: Noise Enquiry Unit, Environmental Services, P O Box 211, Mascot NSW 1460
Use our online form at https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/ncm/default.asp?