BeCA has been reliably informed that all parties have now signed the ‘agreement’ to allow the “Interim” Satellite Helicopter Training Facility to be implemented. BeCA understands it is now up to Sunshine Coast Council to ‘implement’ the new facility.
This interim solution has a two year life span. Following two years, Stockland require the parcel of land for one of its planned developments.
BeCA has been told a minimal amount of site works may need to occur for the interim site to be fully operational.
So any future repetitive circuits by helicopters above our homes would be dependent on Council’s timeline to implement the new arrangements.
BeCA understands that a few repetitive circuits may still occur as some helicopter pilot training must done done in and around airport scenarios. However the vast majority of repetitive circuits will disappear from our skies once Sunshine Council has implemented the arrangements.
Both Bells Reach and Bellvista residents look forward to this interim solution coming into affect.
BeCA will continue to pursue the final long term solution with local MP Mark McArdle. This solution plans to use an area of “Forestry Department” land which would be set aside for the vast majority of Helicopter Training touch n go circuits. Buderim MP Steve Dickson is the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing and BeCA understands that Mark McArdle is working closely with him on the long term solution.
In recent discussions with Mark McArdle, BeCA has expressed its opinion that ideally the long term solution should be signed, sealed and delivered prior to any upcoming State Government Election.
BeCA has been informed its submission for a Stockland Community Grant has been successful. The Grant is welcomed by BeCA who thank Stockland for making this kind of grant available to community groups. BeCA will use the grant money to update its website. Some arrangements for this to occur have already been put in place.