Helicopter stoush escalates
THE political stoush involving helicopters in the skies over Noosa North Shore and Booreen Point has escalated.
Sunshine Coast councillor Lew Brennan is returning fire on the Noosa Parks Association.
Cr Brennan has accused the NPA hierarchy of being behind the attack over his support for the North Shore landing strip commercial helicopter training.
He said the NPAs allegation that he was out of touch with the community was ill-informed as the community-based Noosa North Shore working group had consulted with local residents and backed his stance.
Cr Brennan said the working group, which worked in with council and had a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service representative on it, believed there were strong heritage, safety and fire prevention value in retaining the old World War II airfield as it was rather than having it added to national park.
Cr Brennan was seeking a report back from the Sunshine Coast Airport as to the number of flights in the area, but he did not believe there was a major disturbance factor to the environment or locals from the flights.
Former Noosa Council deputy mayor and Teewah resident Frank Pardon also threw his support behind Cr Brennan's claims.
He said that it had only taken one phone call from a concerned party to the company flying the helicopters to have the helicopters move out of that area.
"Do you mean to tell me that that these helicopters, instead of flying over national park should be made to fly over more populated areas - give me a break," Mr Pardon said.