The following “Media Release” was made available from the office of local MP Mark McArdle on Thursday afternoon.
Residents in the Caloundra, Bellvista, Pelican Waters areas and parts of Golden Beach are closer to being able to sleep better at night as a solution is in sight to significantly reduce the noise of helicopters flying from Caloundra Aerodrome.
The State Government has provided an indemnity to Stockland in relation to the Access Licence facility that sets up a temporary “touch and go for helicopter training” facility in Caloundra. The licence is for two years with finally a solution being actively pursued
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said, “This indemnity was required to facilitate the agreement and I have been advised it has been approved with formal notification sent on or about the 16th of October to the Sunshine Coast Council.”
“For too long helicopter noise has been a major impact in the Bellvista and surrounding areas,” Member for Caloundra said.
“It is my understanding the licence is now, if not ready for signature, is certainly close to it, with the State Government ticking off all its requirements to ensure the matter can be resolved.
“It is important the document be signed as soon as possible to provide not just relief from the noise but psychological relief allowing people to go about their business.
“The document will provide that security and will be a welcome reprieve for people during the Christmas break.”
This is the ‘temporary’ solution’ using a parcel of land made available for no more than two years from local developer (Stockland) as an interim measure. The temporary solution is an agreement between the developer and Sunshine Coast Council. The developer sought the indemnity from the state government as a major plank of its negotiations with Sunshine Coast Council.
The State Government continues to work on a long term permanent solution to the problem.