Liz Gallie of Mission Beach Cassowaries said, "It appears the Planner has attempted to address some of the communities concerns by including statements about cassowaries, Native title land and defining the actual use of the land." "But the latest report contained even more inconsistencies and contradictions, justifying recommending approval of the development, with irrelevant details of helicopter use at other locations".
"The main issue, noise, has not been dealt with" said Liz
Cr Baines, who holds the CCRC environment portfolio, made no comments during the debate and voted to approve the development.
The Mayor summed up by saying the councillors had all been well informed and could make a considered and informed decision adding " The development was overall consistent with Cassowary Coast Regional Council Planning Scheme and the FNQ 2031 Regional Plan.
C4 President Peter Rowles said "The council has approved a noisy disruption to our lifestyle and high value environment because the Planning Scheme doesn't provide the legal protection it should"
The community say they will now be considering what options are available to challenge the council's decision.
See below the live streamed meeting.
Council meeting 21 Jan 2021 live stream. Item 7.3 DA Heliport starts 1:36.00
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.
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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.
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