Call for community outcry

Peter Schofield
Peter Schofield

NOOSA residents are still seething about a lack of council leadership on the increased helicopter operations over Noosa and their negative impact on the local area.

One of the protesters at last week's council meeting, Peter Schofield, is calling for a local backlash to get the Teewah strip and local airspace off limits to helicopter training.

"The councillors in there are talking as if there's one helicopter flying over every three weeks, or one every week - it's not," Mr Schofield said.

"Last night for instance as if almost to spite us, they had yesterday 20 helicopter movements over our area and last night until 11.30pm and it just goes on and on and they don't care.

"It's uncontrolled airspace - it's just not controlled.

"I don't have any faith in the Sunshine Coast Council process and I can't wait for the de-amalgamation to actually progress so we can make our own decisions.

Mr Schofield said the Noosa community needed to be "driving" this helicopter issue.

"I think it's time for the community to actually get off its butt and write to the council - write to the mayor and keep insisting about this.

"It's more than 12 months (we've been complaining to council about helicopters) and it just seems to fall on deaf ears."

Former Noosa mayor Noel Playford said this council's lack of action at Teewah was a prime example of the need to have Noosa's future returned to a de-amalgamated council.

"We're not going to get any sense until we get our own council," Mr Playford said.

He asserted that the use of helicopters at Teewah was "illegal" under the planning scheme.

"They're giving them approval for something that's illegal - the land's not zoned for commercial activity and they don't give a damn.

"It's truly staggering to me," he said.

Topics:  mark jamieson noosa sunshine coast regional council

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