On Friday BeCA was represented at the the final ‘Vision For Caloundra Forum’ arranged by local MP Mark McArdle. The completed vision statement will then become one of many statements across the state which will form the basis of a vision statement for the State of Queensland. The event was briefly delayed as Mark McArdle along with the Queensland Treasurer was involved with a media event at Bells Reach.
During the forum there were lengthy discussions over which would be the better word to more effectively describe a concept for inclusion in the statement. Forum participants were from community groups around Caloundra.
As a new community, Bellvista was considered a valuable participant as many new Sunshine Coasters had moved into the area. Mark McArdle was keen to discover why people would choose Caloundra and Bellvista to make their home.
As BeCA was leaving the meeting Mark McArdle asked the BeCA representatives about concerns over helicopters across the estate. BeCA always informs our local MP of any concerns raised by residents. Though the major problem of Becker Helicopters had now been addressed, there appears to have been an increase in circuits over this estate in the last few weeks. The problem has not gone away.
BeCA reiterated to Mark McArdle that the only way to ease concerns of residents was the establishment of a Satellite Helicopter Training facility well away from any current or future residential area. The facility would be used for the practice of touch n’ go’s and the repetitive circuits made by helicopters. BeCA said that the construction of a Helicopter Training Satellite Facility had been included in the Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan. BeCA then suggested Mark contact Sunshine Coast CEO Peter Pallot for all details on the proposal.
BeCA understands that Friday’s media event involving Mark McArdle and the Queensland Treasurer at Bells Reach, was interrupted on occasions by low flying helicopters doing their touch n’ go’s.