A community meeting was held at C4 on Saturday 23rd January to discuss options following the disappointing decision of the Council to approve the contentious helipad development.
Ex Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor, Bill Shannon, attended the meeting and was able to answer questions and clarify points brought up during the meeting. Bill was reminded that his council denied an application in 2008 lodged by the then existing Raw Materials owner to expand the business. Bill agreed the application for an expansion of the business was refused on the grounds it was inconsistent with the intent of the planning scheme as was the helipad, commenting further, "It should not have been approved".
Where was the “robust assessment process” boasted by the Mayor? It certainly wasn’t evident at the General Meeting (21st January).
Where was the tabling, report or even discussion about the properly made and lodged petition carrying 650 signatures against the contentious proposal to place an intrusive development on good agricultural land that threatens to destroy the peace and quiet amenity of local residents? Are these affected residents of no account to this Council?
Where was the discussion about the content of hundreds of emails councillors received from local, regional and national people outlining their concerns?
A development that obviously hits at the heart of the community and will have a major impact on the future of Mission Beach, took just fourteen and a half minutes for the councillors to cast a vote in favour. (see meeting video below)
The council decision to approve the amenity destroying helicopter project has thrown many residents of Mission Beach into despair and a state of anxiety. Those who have chosen to live here have long responded to government planning processes to protect our natural environment and our village lifestyle.
The community now question how much this council considers the best interests of the public. Most of the councillors have demonstrated they have no understanding of the fundamental importance of the intrinsic values of our shire to the health of our community, environment and economy.
This is not just a Mission Beach issue. The CCRC is making decisions for the whole of the shire using the same 'logic' and decision making process. A large part of that is carried out behind closed doors at pre meeting 'Councillor Information Sessions'.
More information on what actions the community can take to help, including letter writing and fund raising for an appeal will be distributed soon.
Planners report starts at 136:00 Council 'discussion' starts at 144:40
This website is managed by Mission Beach Cassowaries inc to share information about the No Helicopters Here campaign against the approval of A HELICOPTER BASE on 2224 Tully Mission Beach Road.
Latest on court appeal orders
On 3rd Dec the appeal was reviewed. Judge Morzone ordered (above) the appellant (C4) to provide a list of matters they wish to be considered for inclusion in the proposed conditions attached to any approval of the development application.
On the 3rd September an Order (above) was made by his Honour Judge Morzone QC.
The appeal will be reviewed on 3 December 2021
On the 6th August the court ordered MH to respond to C4 correspondence by August 15th.
Next appeal review is listed for 3rd September.
All relevant COURT APPEAL
SUPREME AND DISTRICT COURTS CAIRNS
Grounds C4 has filed to appeal the Heliport approval decision
Grounds on which Mission Helicopters, as co respondent , will defend the appeal .