As President of BeCA I have asked myself this question several times. When the local MP calls a Forum you would expect there is an agenda somewhere in the exercise, an outcome that is being sought.
There seems to be little outcome to be achieved unless it is to gauge the depth of public feeling on the issue.
Because of previous arrangements, BeCA has been informed that Stockland’s major representatives Mark Stephens and Ben Simpson are unable to attend the Forum. Both have previously made commitments well away from the Sunshine Coast with booked flights and accommodation having been made some time ago. Mark Stephens reported he was unable to rearrange his Stockland commitment in the north of the state as he desperately wanted to attend the Forum.
Mark Stephens informed BeCA that Stockland has extremely little (if any) manoeuvring room to provide the land requested by SC Council and SC Airport Management for a satellite helicopter training facility at Bells Pocket. After 2 years of heavy negotiations, Stockland has eventually negotiated a 25 year lease for the land which is now virtually impossible to ‘undo’.
If this is the case it would then put the ball well and truly back into the State Government’s court if a solution to supplying the land for a satellite helicopter training site is to be found. BeCA understands that the ‘Johnson’s Rd’ site south/east of Beerwah is now leased by the State Government to forestry concerns.
The number of people who have contacted BeCA on the noise issue is amazing. We are hearing from people who have never made previous contact with the association but who care for our community and are extremely concerned for their own health and way of life. There is quite a number of stressed and elderly residents contacting us on the issue.
Both our Councillor and our local MP have previously committed to limiting the number of Caloundra Aerodrome air movements. As we residents can vouch, there has been a huge increase in movements recently which contradicts the commitments which have been made by those in power.
The Forum at the CCSA Hall, 1 Nutley St Caloundra on Friday 7th February from 10 am – noon may determine where this issue goes. We need as many people as available to attend to ensure the views of all Caloundra residents are heard on this issue.
An independent group of “Concerned Residents” has also circulated a notice for the Forum Meeting across sections of our estates and Little Mountain. The ‘may’ also be responsible for the Meeting notices posted along Bellvista Blvd. It has been rumoured this group may be seeking a legal claim should the noise problem not be solved. BeCA is unaware of any details of this and we have not been contacted by any member of the group.
BeCA has also been contacted by a group from the Golden Beach/Pelican Waters wanting to congratulate BeCA on the recent Channel 9 News item. That group has been formed to represent Golden Beach/Pelican Waters residents concerned by the noise and vast increase in helicopter movements.