You can view the live streaming of CCRC General meeting 10 Dec 2020.
Agenda Item 7.2 Aviation Facility
Discussion re the facility starts at 3:52.42
Clarifying any confusion
During the official comment period from 15 April 2020 to 8 May 2020, the CCRC received a large number of submissions from the community objecting to the Aviation Facility proposal.
*** The CCRC Planning Department has recommended the Aviation Facility located within the wilderness heart of Mission Beach, be approved***.
Read their report here
The councilors will vote on the application at their general meeting on Thursday Dec 10th. The vote of the council will be the final say, unless the Applicant or an objector challenges the decision in court. To reject an application after the Planning department has recommended approval, the council must present good reasons in the public interest to then deny it.
Our Planning Scheme
The local planning scheme is a non binding document written to guide local government in management of our region. The public are invited to have input when the plan is reviewed every 7 years. The finalised plan should reflect community views. All CCRC decisions are assessed against the local and state planning schemes. The state planning scheme is legislated. The local planning scheme is a guideline only, but should reflect state planning legislation.
The community vision for Mission Beach, reflected in decades of local planning schemes, is to protect its special natural and cultural values and character based on low key, low rise development, quiet, relaxed village amenity, long uncrowded beaches, rainforest growing down to the sea, villages separated by rainforest and farmland; and the cassowary.
Local Government decision making
Over the last 10 years, successive State and Federal governments have changed the law to fast track developments. The Federal government has largely handed development assessments to the states and the State governments have stopped making local government comply with state planning legislation. Local government lacks adequate checks and balances and binding legislation.
We have seen the result of these changes as the local Planning Scheme guidelines have been often ignored with many developments approved through rezoning (material change of land use) and ignoring codes such as building heights.
What is the Aviation Facility?
Kestrel Aviation is a large corporate industrial business described on their website, Kestral Aviation as “...a leading provider of specialist aviation services to corporate and government organisation Australia-wide and overseas...”
The Applicant’s original application states that the proposed Aviation Facility premises are intended to be used for any of the following:
Impact on our community
Commercial helicopter flights from the proposed facility will cause multiple daily disturbances to:
Protect your lifestyle and Mission Beach from inappropriate development
An online petition has received 558 signatures. Although not accepted by the Planning Department it does show considerable community interest and objection with reasons outlined on the petition.
You can view the petition here and read the comments here.
CCRC Planning Scheme .6.2 Element—Rural and agricultural land: The Region's rural and important agricultural land is protected and maintained to ensure ongoing use for agricultural and rural land uses 188.8.131.52 Specific outcomes: (6) ALC Class A and B land is not reconfigured into lot sizes or used for any purpose that is inconsistent with the current or potential use of the land for agriculture.
Listen to Peter Salleras who runs a very successful farm tourism business, talking to Terrain NRM about progressive farming approaches.
What you can do
While the official consultation period has closed, the community can still voice their thoughts and concerns on the proposed aviation facility to their council representatives.
Email your Councillors
Using any of the points on this page to support your personal reasons objecting to the aviation facility, send an email to all councillors prior to them making a decision at the general meeting on Thursday December 10th. (Emails listed below)
Ask your Councillors to:
The development is located on land:
Email your Councillors before Thursday 10 December
firstname.lastname@example.org; Trudy.Tschui@ccrc.qld.gov.au; email@example.com; Barry.Barnes@ccrc.qld.gov.au; Teresa.Millwood@ccrc.qld.gov.au; Nicholas.Pervan@ccrc.qld.gov.au; Jeff.Baines@ccrc.qld.gov.au; Kylie.Farinelli@ccrc.qld.gov.au