Agenda item 7.2 Dec 10 2020
Kestrel Aviation is a large corporate industrial business described on their website, Kestral Aviation as “...a leading provider of specialist aviation services to corporate and government organisation Australia-wide and overseas...”
The Cassowary Coast Regional Council approved an industrial helicopter base in the centre of Mission Beach.
This a large private company using MB’s good agricultural land cheaply acquired and rezoned by a compliant local council to build a private industrial airport to serve private interests, including overseas.
This is the start of the industrialisation of Mission Beach and the end of our peaceful village life
The heliport has been approved for any of the following:
Council approved the development January 21
55 submissions against the proposal were lodged during the public comment period in May 2020 . The proponent then asked for 120 day extension of the assessment process.
Responding to a large number of community concerns the CCRC voted to defer their decision until 21st January 2021
Community Concerns ignored
The CCRC Planning Department recommended approval describing the proposal as ‘low impact’. The Planners report doesn’t consider the full impact of the proposal or address any of the community’s concerns.
Commercial helicopter flights from the proposed facility will cause multiple daily disturbances, impacting on:
No demonstrated Need
Search and Rescue services are currently available in the Cassowary Coast with medivac services in operation from Tully Hospital under registered satellite guidance. Marcs Park and Frogs Hollow are available for helicopter landing and take off for any emergencies. It is understood that there has only been 2 such emergencies in Mission Beach in the last 20 years.
Tourism economy reliant on tranquility
The Mission Beach tourism economy relies on it’s reputation as a quiet village, nature based destination. Tropical Coast Tourism promotes Mission Beach as “a popular base for exploring the surrounding World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforest, quiet beaches and the Great Barrier Reef. Many people come to experience the peace and quiet, relax and do nothing much, it’s that kind of place…”
The proponent has confirmed that most of the helicopters to be stationed at the proposed facility are highly specialised multi-role craft capable of aerial firefighting, heavy-lift and aerial crane, and reconnaissance missions. The approval allows up to three helicopters to operate any time from early morning to late afternoon 7 days a week except for emergencies which will be allowed at any time day or night.
There are several aviation facilities within he Cassowary Coast where this industrial activity should be located.
Not in the wilderness heart of Mission Beach !
For more information contact;
Mission Beach Cassowaries on 0414 402 315