In Oct 2017 the 50th Anniversary of the saving of Ellison Reef from lime mining was celebrated at Ninney Rise'. Guest speaker, Prof Bob Pressey of ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies - JCU Townsville, began his address, titled 'Death by a thousand cuts' with, "The development assessment process is broken, it's been broken for a long time and it is kept broken deliberately."
With the approval of a heliport allowing three medium lift helicopters to operate early morning to late afternoon, 7 days a week, in a tourism destination known for its quiet and peaceful amenity, the community has become painfully aware public interest is not at the forefront of council decision making.
Not just about Mission Beach - a Cassowary Coast issue
Council decisions bely the rhetoric reinforced in their own policies, strategies and plans. Following is from the CCRC Corporate Plan . (below right)
The lack of Federal and State Government oversight has resulted in Planner’s reports being produced using shallow reasoning, blatantly justifying support for developments despite conflicts with local and State planning. When Planning department recommendations or councillor decisions are questioned, the public are informed they have the right of appeal. The council’s “ If you don’t like it, take us to court” attitude treats public interest with contempt.
If the communities of the Cassowary Coast thought they could go back to some 'normality' after a resounding rejection of a council that ruled in secrecy with a bias embracing speculators and developers ahead of the public interest, the heliport decision has given a sobering reminder that is not the case. A culture was introduced with the former council that remains entrenched in the operations of the so called democratic process of our present council.
Feel secure and watch this space. There is a heliport, or something equally as inappropriate or shocking, coming to a place near you soon!
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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 .