Bellvista gets a break from helicopter noise

A SOLUTION is in sight for Bellvista residents sick of being buffeted by increased, low-flying helicopter traffic.

Rising chopper traffic has long been the bane of residents' existence, as the Daily reported earlier this year, with training flights at the nearby Caloundra Aerodrome and touch-and-go training increasing since the closure of the Teewah Airstrip by Noosa Council in January.

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle yesterday released a statement confirming the State Government had approved plans to temporarily relocate the touch-and-go training facility until a more permanent solution could be found.

The government has given Stockland a licence for a helicopter facility at Caloundra South.

"For too long helicopter noise has been a major impact in the Bellvista and surrounding areas," Mr McArdle said.

"It is my understanding the licence is now, if not ready for signature, is certainly close to it, with the State Government ticking off all its requirements to ensure the matter can be resolved."

A Stockland spokesman confirmed the company had been working with the council and Mr McArdle to find a solution to the noise.

He said Stockland was trying to find a temporary new home for the touch-and-go helicopter training facility on undeveloped land at Caloundra South far away from any existing homes.

"The proposal would see the facility temp-orarily relocated to cleared grazing land owned by Stockland on the western side of the Bruce Hwy," he said.

"We're pleased that the State Government has finalised its requirements for the temporary relocation of this facility and we look forward to this interim solution being endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council."

Bellvista Community Association president Les Thomas said the intermediate solution was a positive step, and represented a light at the end of the tunnel for frustrated Bellvista residents.

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