At the C4 general meeting held Friday on 3rd July, the C4 theatrette was overflowing with community members interested in an update on the court appeal.
C4 president, Peter Rowles, recapped on the court process saying the respective parties had lodged their relevant documents for the appeal, and that C4’s solicitors had engaged experts in the areas of;
Peter reported that although details of the Appeal could not be discussed, he could say that the parties were in discussions.
Peter went on to say that Mission Helicopters would have helicopter operations experts design trials to demonstrate the noise levels from the activities being planned for the Heliport site. This forms part of the directions order within Stage 4 of the appeal process.
Council’s Approval for Material Change of Use (MCU) is not only for the Air services (listed below), it also allows for “other related entities operated by the Directors / Shareholders of the applicant/owner” (CCRC Planners Report 27 Jan 2021). Given Mission Helicopters’ high profile and operational connections across the national and international aviation industry, the reality of the Council’s reprehensible MCU Approval is that Mission Helicopters’ operational possibilities are left wide open.
Air Services include:
To be relevant to the Mission Helicopters Proposal, the operational trials mentioned by Peter would presumably have to include all the possible operational aspects of the above.
Another important consideration is what flight path will the trials be based on?
In the CCRC Decision Notice (27 Jan 2021) (where CCRC mistakenly refer to the applicant as Mission Beach Helicopters) the approval conditions state “. the applicant/owner ‘must ensure”…”helicopters will head directly east over the Coral Sea prior to heading towards intended destinations (emergency situations excepted) as per the Mission Beach Helicopters (sic) Approach/Departure Waypoint Flight Plan received by Council on 14th October 2020…” Yet the Waypoint Flight Plan received on that date (below left) shows a quite different flight path, angled considerably to the south. The actual direct east flight path (below right) shows the impact zone covers the whole of the Conch Street residential area.
MBH Approach/Departure Waypoint Flight Plan Actual Direct East Flight Path
In any case, local councils and Approval conditions may not legally control take-off paths of helicopters.
During the meeting, Peter also commented that helicopters were already operating at Mission Beach and that Mission Helicopters can already operate helicopters from their property “…whether we like it or not…”. Such comments are of course irrelevant to this Appeal. If Mission Helicopters could carry out all its desired operations without council approval it would not have bothered applying to the council for approval. Clearly they have something much larger in mind than some minor activities for which approval is not required.
From the community’s point of view: the bottom line is it’s a helicopter aerodrome and the community doesn’t want it there. That’s why the community campaign was called No Helicopters Here! Because we know:
The Appeal, after having been adjourned at the first scheduled review on 25th June. will now be reviewed by the Judge on August 6.
Could anyone who sees any sign of cassowaries in the vicinity of the development area, including on the beach near Porters Creek, please post photos or sightings with times and dates onto Mission Beach Cassowaries facebook page or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This information is invaluable to the Appeal.
* COURT APPEAL PROCESS
Appeal Period Notice of Appeal filed
Within 20 business days from notice of decision
Notice of Appeal to Other Parties 10 business days from when Notice of Appeal is filed
Other Parties may elect to join appeal
10 Business Days from when they receive Notice of Appeal
Within six (6) weeks of filing the Notice of Appeal the Appellant must apply for directions
To apply for Directions you have to file an application with the court accompanied by affidavit material confirming that the notice of appeal was served on the relevant parties
(The Directions order sets out the steps that need to be completed by the parties before the matter can proceed to hearing and normally includes the following:
- Confirmation of issues in dispute & request for particulars
- Meeting of experts
- Preparation of expert reports
- Continued case management of appeals by court
- when the matter will be set down for hearing
Hearing of Appeal
If the parties cannot reach agreement to settle the appeal after the
directions have been complied with, the matter can be set down for
17/7/2021 08:31:46 pm
Our home is very very close to this helicopter site. It will seriously affect our quality of life and cause havoc for our animals. I totally oppose this ludicrous idea to have this site deemed suitable. Our wildlife will be under extreme duress, we have a total of 5 Cassowaries currently using the corridors at our back fence at Hutchison Close. How one business could be approved without a thorough Environmental Impact study is beyond me. Visitors and tourists come from far and wide to visit this pristine wonderous place called Mission Beach. Our community is blessed when those tourists spend their money here, a huge percentage of them visit in hope of spotting the elusive and unbelievably beautiful Cassowary. It’s time to put our environment and those of us who chose to reside here first. If this is going ahead our house will be for sale which will be absolutely soul destroying for us. This was meant to be a place for us to have a peaceful life, to heal and grow and badk in nature.
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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