The community is understandably anxious that a helicopter base in the heart of Mission Beach might be a 'done deal' given all the activity on the approved development site lately.
But that is NOT the case!
While the appellants of the court appeal against the helicopter development approval are playing their cards close to their chest, the co respondent is going for a different tactic.
A fence has now been erected around the proposed site and a new "Your Mission Starts Here" sign installed announcing helicopter tours.
What is the purpose of this overt promotion of helicopter services while the appeal is still in the court? Is this a show of contempt for the community who oppose the development or is it just plain insensitivity?
When the Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, Dr Steven Miles declined the community's request to use his 'call in' powers to reassess the development, he said "the Planning and Environment Court is the appropriate forum to examine any issues relating to the technical assessment of this application". The community must accept and respect this current legal process for development assessments.
Respect for process doesn't appear to be a priority for Mission Helicopters. Apparently the large advertising sign went up without a permit.
The Council has given the landowner 20 business days from 28 September 2021 to either lodge the appropriate development application (a code assessable operational works application for an advertising device) or remove the sign.
The current appeal situation
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.
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 .