SCRC Sub Contractors descended upon the majority of parks throughout Bellvista over the last day or so to give them all a mow. They are looking great despite the lack of rain. There has only been one substantial fall of rain (35mls one night) since the beginning of August.
The Bellvista Gardening Team has been busy spreading mulch in an attempt to keep the soil moist and keep the ever present weed problem under control.
The parks in Bells Reach are maintained by Stockland at this stage. Peter and his team used to look after all Bellvista’s parks and gardens until the ‘hand over’ to SCRC upon completion of the estate. Peter does a great job and Bells Reach residents are lucky to have him!
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Friday afternoon between 4pm and 5pm two noisy and persistent helicopters did their best to annoy Bellvista and Bells Reach residents with their continuous repetitive circuits in tandem over homes. One is bad enough but when two of them were going there was no respite from the noise. One Bellvista resident had visitors at the time as they were sitting outside enjoying a quiet drink and a chat. The visitor questioned how people living here could put up with that noise.
Another resident said he had to turn the TV up so noisy and persistent were the two helicopters.
Eventually after 50 minutes of the incessant noise, the BeCA President contacted Chopperline to see who the offending helicopters belonged to. It turned out both were Chopperline aircraft. One helicopter overhead is just bearable but two of them together is too much.
BeCA had been assured in a recent meeting with Chopperline that only in the most necessitous of cases would they have two aircraft doing circuits over homes in unison. That late Friday afternoon during school holidays was selected to be a necessitous case defies logic! There were no flights (or extremely few) across the weekend!
Both helicopters were acting well within the Fly Neighbourly guidelines and were doing nothing against any regulations.
Chopperline removed one helicopter immediately from the circuits (possibly the one hour session was almost up). The second helicopter ceased its circuits around 10 minutes later.
This allowed residents to turn their TV’s down and to be able to conduct a civil conversation in their own backyards again!
Later BeCA emailed Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot and our councillor Rick Baberowski urging further action and any update on the proposed Satellite Helicopter Training Facility. BeCA will again seek an update on any progress at an upcoming Caloundra Aerodrome Forum meeting.