From time to time residents of both Bellvista and Bells Reach are subject to excessive noise arising from the behaviour of helicopters above our estate. Recently there was one day (October 10th) when there seemed to be helicopters overhead throughout the day.
In information received by BeCA one parent stated her young child was unable to sleep at all during the afternoon owing to the excessive and repetitive noise of helicopters performing repetitive circuits over the estate throughout the day.
BeCA was contacted by several other residents who were concerned at the constant noise invasion and wanting to know more of the proposed Satellite Helicopter Training Facility recommended in the recent Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan.
BeCA has been told by Sunshine Coast Airport Management that discussion had commenced with the State Government but there was no detail available for us at that stage.
An extremely frustrated BeCA President Les Thomas contacted SC Airport Management, Chopperline, Cr Rick Baberowski, MP Mark McArdle and Becker Helicopters regarding the noise problem on October 10th.
BeCA is delighted to report that helicopter activity above the estate has decreased markedly since our concerns were raised.
BeCA will be asking the following questions at the next Caloundra Aerodrome Forum Meeting to determine exactly where discussions are up to regarding the proposed Satellite Helicopter Training Facility:
1. On what basis is Council approaching the State Government regarding requesting funding for a Satellite Helicopter Training Facility as recommended in the Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan? Is Airport Management looking for a 50% contribution or a smaller/larger amount?
2. How much funding is needed before Council/Sunshine Coast Management will move on developing the satellite facility? Is Airport Management looking for a 100% contribution from other parties or is Council prepared to contribute?
3. What strategies are Airport Management adopting to convince the state government to fund this recommendation? Is it on the basis that the Labour State Government renegged on relocating Caloundra Aerodrome and this is a much cheaper solution? Or is it that the noise and disruption to residents from existing helicopter activity is noisy and unsafe over homes, and with the expanding development, will only get worse? Or that the satellite facility would assist in the creation/ maintenance of much needed employment opportunities on the Sunshine Coast?
It would really assist us if we know how Council is treating this matter and their resolution to find a solution.
Sunshine Coast Airport has been forwarded these questions and it has been indicated back to BeCA the questions have been passed onto SC Airport representatives for answers. BeCA eagerly awaits an informed update on the issue when it next attends a “Forum” meeting.
BeCA has been informed that around $500,000 could fund the building of a Satellite Helicopter Training Facility.