Stop the Mission Beach heliport development

 

Cassowary Coast Regional Council has approved a heliport development in Mission Beach that will have devastating impacts on the already endangered Southern Cassowary.

  • The development was approved by Cassowary Coast Regional Council in January 2021
  • Council did not consider a petition from local residents 
  • The development will see an aviation facility located on Tully-Mission Beach Road on 11.16ha of land that is zoned rural. 
  • The Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has the ability to ‘call-in’ this development if it affects State Interests
  • The endangered Southern Cassowary is, without a doubt, a matter of State Interest and this development, without a doubt will impact the Cassowary
  • The Cassowary is recognised in local, regional, State and Federal planning instruments and legislation and is protected under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act as well as the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC). 
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s very own Planning Scheme refers to the preservation of Cassowary habitat because the Cassowary is recognised as an iconic symbol of the region.

We can’t count on the local council to protect the Cassowary, but we can count on people power. Please sign our petition now, calling on the Minister to call-in this application and protect the Southern Cassowary from inappropriate development.

Will you sign?

 

Frightened Mission Beach cassowary by Jeff Larson

 

To Hon Steven Miles, Minister State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Urgently call-in the heliport development at Mission Beach and protect endangered cassowaries 

The endangered Southern Cassowary is a matter of State Interest. The iconic bird is recognised in local, regional, State and Federal planning instruments and legislation and is protected under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act as well as the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC). 

The Far North Queensland Regional Plan refers to Mission Beach as containing areas of High Ecological Significance including essential habitat of the endangered Southern Cassowary. That same Plan states that development proponents should consider the EPBC Act prior to taking any action, but to date, the applicant for this heliport development has not done so.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s very own Planning Scheme refers to the preservation of Cassowary habitat because the Cassowary is recognised as an iconic symbol of the region.

Despite this, Cassowary Coast Regional Council has approved a controversial heliport development on land which includes mapped areas of High Ecological Significance. The development will have a significant impact on Mission Beach’s Cassowary population. 

  • Habitat loss is the number one threat to the survival of the endangered Southern Cassowary. 
  • The land on which this development will take place includes mapped areas of High Ecological Significance. 
  • This Development Application was not supported by any technical reports that allow us to ascertain the biodiversity value of adjacent habitat, the measures required to protect biodiversity and habitat on that site, or the demonstrated impact on biodiversity values. 
  • The Development Application contained no assessment from a qualified expert as to how the facility will impact existing nesting, breeding and roosting sites located adjacent to the development or the impact on those sites being disturbed during take-off and landing procedures. 

The noise pollution from the development is likely to have a high impact on the behaviour of cassowaries already under stress of being pushed into small habitat ranges and forced to use narrow habitat corridors.  

  • The development’s flight path is directly over a high biodiversity coastal wetland including critically endangered Littoral rainforest which connects the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas.
  • The impact zone of the flight path from the facility is over a wilderness area which supports five cassowaries on a permanent basis.
  • The loud noise of helicopters will place cassowaries at a higher risk of roadkill from birds taking fright and may result in cassowaries avoiding essential habitat.
  • Cassowaries are mostly solitary and communicate with low frequency booming sounds that penetrate the rainforest to let other birds know of their presence.  Helicopter noise and vibration may confuse or interrupt their ability to communicate.  

This development undoubtedly affects an environmental interest of state significance: the preservation of the endangered Southern Cassowary and its habitat in the Mission Beach area. 

The potential effects of this development on the Southern Cassowary have not been properly assessed because of the inadequate information in the Development Application material. 

And the Development Application is inconsistent with the principles of ecological sustainability that underpin the Planning Act. For this project to be consistent with those principles it would need to conserve, enhance or restore habitat necessary for the survival of the endangered Southern Cassowary. 

We’re calling on you, as Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning to use your call-in powers to re-assess the application for a heliport at Mission Beach.

 

 

 

 

326 signatures
  • Sean Fudge
    signed 2021-03-20 14:27:10 +1100
    Protect these unique animals at all costs.
  • Carol Evans
    signed 2021-03-20 14:26:38 +1100
  • Bonny Bauer
    signed 2021-03-20 14:21:07 +1100
    Millions unnecessarily spent on a land bridge in the WalterHill Range yet for decades cassowary cross under the road at the southern entrance, cars kill cassowary at a rate of almost one a week at Mission Beach and nothing is done … and the real threat to survival is indeed the Cassowary Coast Regional Council with no oversight, scrutiny, assessment or recourse rubber stamp a Helicopter Base smack bvang in the mission beach corridor.

    Ho hum same same

    This Council is made up of a backpacker hostel partner, a hairdresser, a barista, a failed cane farmer, a cook, an ex nurse and an unemployed career councillor.

    How dare Qld Govt devolve decision makong to the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker.
  • Jodie Seare
    signed 2021-03-20 14:14:04 +1100
  • Warren Orsmond
    signed 2021-03-20 14:09:00 +1100
  • Karen Ballantyne
    signed 2021-03-20 12:45:15 +1100
  • Bruce Allen
    signed 2021-03-20 12:44:54 +1100
  • Kym Hall
    signed 2021-03-20 12:12:06 +1100
  • Anthony Gallagher
    signed 2021-03-18 08:57:08 +1100
  • Zoe Law
    signed 2021-03-17 14:13:33 +1100
    Humans are destroying everything they touch right now let’s make changes for the good and not for the pleasure of mans greedy pockets.

    It is vital to protect the animals and the environment
  • Sarah Brennan
    signed 2021-03-16 22:59:35 +1100
  • Kenneth Dobson
    signed 2021-03-15 01:43:20 +1100
  • Sue Williams
    signed via 2021-03-14 18:13:27 +1100
  • Paul Baeta
    signed 2021-03-14 14:54:21 +1100
  • Nicole Winking
    signed 2021-03-14 08:52:03 +1100
  • Taya Nielsen
    signed 2021-03-14 01:25:34 +1100
  • Chris Longhetti
    signed 2021-03-13 20:54:41 +1100
  • Brian Hirst
    signed 2021-03-13 11:39:20 +1100
  • Sheridan Lean
    signed 2021-03-12 19:49:55 +1100
  • Patina Grogan
    signed 2021-03-12 18:53:39 +1100
  • N Dawson
    signed 2021-03-11 23:39:27 +1100
  • Brendan Trant
    signed 2021-03-11 21:34:51 +1100
  • Margaret Murray
    signed 2021-03-11 20:07:08 +1100
  • Michael Scholler
    signed 2021-03-11 17:58:39 +1100
  • Paul Kalka
    signed 2021-03-11 15:40:10 +1100
  • Stephanie Cummings
    signed 2021-03-11 13:19:17 +1100
  • Helen Whitehead
    signed 2021-03-11 12:37:00 +1100
  • Helen Winter
    signed 2021-03-11 12:12:32 +1100
  • Brendon Quick
    signed 2021-03-11 12:04:42 +1100
  • Karen Howell
    signed 2021-03-11 10:48:02 +1100