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
22/1/2021 01:48:44 pm
This is such an awful decision, to sell out the Cassowaries and all those who work so hard to keep them safe and preserve their natural environment and their territories and breeding areas, for shame CCRC, you disgust me. Certainly hope this decision and the location of the heliport can be changed. Shortsighted and all about money and tourism but not conservation tourism.
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Court appeal chronology
28th February 2022.
C4 entered into a compromise settlement with Mission Helicopters. The appeal did not proceed to a court hearing.
3rd December 2021
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.
3rd September 2021
Order (above) made by his Honour Judge Morzone QC.
Appeal review listed for 3 December 2021
6th August 2021
Court ordered MH to respond to C4 correspondence by August 15th. Appeal review listed for 3rd September.
3rd June 2021
Grounds on which Mission Helicopters, as co respondent , defended the appeal .
5th Mar 2021
C4 filed to appeal the Heliport approval decision