The ULDA approval of Bellvista II has created quite a stir through much of the local media. BeCA has been contacted and made presentations to Local ABC radio, WIN News and Channel 10 during the last two days. The TV coverage has only included very small sections of any interviews given and shouldn’t been seen as the total view of opinions presented.
Much of the coverage has centred around Bellvista II and Caloundra Airport. Following informal discussions with several Caloundra Airport Lessees, BeCA has forwarded the following questions via email to local MP Mark McArdle, Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot, Cr Anna Grosskreutz, Cr Tim Dwyer, and Chopperline. BeCA looks forward to receiving any responses. The text of the email appears below:
“The Bellvista Community Association (BeCA) seeks information regarding the flying practices of aircraft taking off and returning to Caloundra Airport.
Firstly, BeCA has been informed, that unlike regular airport practice, aircraft leaving any runway at Caloundra Airport are directed to the west. Can someone please confirm this?
If this is the case who has the control/power to revert this back to normal airport practice. Currently it appears that all departing aircraft from Caloundra Airport are directed to the west and in the direction of the Bellvista Estate. Is it CASA, Sunshine Coast Airport Management, the State Government, or SCRC who has the power to make this change?
Secondly, BeCA has been informed by Chopperline that Bellvista is situated beneath a “Helicopter Training Area”. Is this an ‘official’ area? If so who decided that this is an official Helicopter Training Area? Again is it CASA, Sunshine Coast Airport Management, the State Government, SCRC, or Chopperline who has the power to make this change? Who does BeCA need to lobby to have Bellvista (and its 1250 homes) removed from being under a “Helicopter Training Area”?
With the recent approval of Bellvista II by the ULDA, the number of homes to be affected will rise a further 750 to around 2,000.
The BeCA Management Committee is keen to discuss noisy aircraft above the estate and what steps it can take on behalf of residents. BeCA has previously forwarded a resolution via our Councillor that the SCRC only approve future leases at Caloundra Airport to “Community Friendly Industries”.
In summing up, Bellvista residents are aware their homes are near an airport. The general everyday departure and arrival of the vast majority of aircraft is not a major concern. The major concern voiced to me by residents is the repetitive training circuits of helicopters in the “Helicopter Training Area” over the estate. On busy days, repetitive circuits can go on for an extended period of time, unlike the intermittent arrival or departure of fixed wing aircraft. This current practice has the capacity to interrupt the everyday living and enjoyment of life here.
Les Thomas, President Bellvista Community Association”