Community opposition is not limited to the acoustic impacts the developer might admit to. In any case, the integrity of the acoustic testing depends on the integrity of the developer and his application - and we’ve already lost faith in that. We don’t have any faith that the limitations he’s agreed with the Council will not be exceeded once his business is installed. Remember the Application and the boat washing facility included in the fine print?
So he’s not likely to disclose future bigger aircraft he’s actually got in mind: why would he invite further community opposition?
All the community can know is that C4 and the developer have now agreed to “an approach” to acoustic testing; this being a negotiated outcome, there must be something in this “approach” for the developer (or he wouldn’t have agreed to it), presumably his opportunity to produce a rosy picture of noise impacts or of mitigation measures. Given the size and tentacles of Mission Helicopters and related business, it would be prudent to guess he’s done all this before.
Within the limits of the “agreed approach”, C4 and the developer have further agreed to prepare terms of reference for the acoustic testing; ie they have agreed to limits as to what and how helicopter “noise” will be measured, and under what conditions. We have no information about these tor, nor what expert advice went into them, but we can be sure the MH knows all about this stuff - after all, it’s his business.
See invitation below to contact C4 for more information.
Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook (ASH)
Before His Honour Judge Morzone QC
Date of Hearing: 3 September 2021
Date of Order: 3 September 2021
IT IS ORDERED THAT:
Proposed helicopter flight trial
1. On or before 7 October 2021, the acoustic experts will meet to determine the terms of reference, minimum requirements, methodology and reporting for the proposed helicopter flight trial [“agreed approach”].
2. On or before 29 October 2021, the proposed helicopter flight trial will occur pursuant to the agreed approach.
3. On or before 22 November 2021, the data obtained from the proposed helicopter flight trial will be analysed pursuant to the agreed approach and the acoustic experts will provide to the parties’ solicitors a copy of their reporting pursuant to the agreed approach.
4. The appeal will be reviewed on 3 December 2021.
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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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