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.

 

 

 

 

337 signatures
  • James Bush
    signed 2021-02-26 20:09:14 +1100
  • scott cumberland
    signed 2021-02-26 19:26:26 +1100
  • Jo Chadwick
    signed 2021-02-26 19:02:35 +1100
    Cassowaries need specialised rainforest habitat, which is found in remnant parts of the Mission Beach area. They are highly endangered and need protecting, and so does every centimetre of their dwindling habitat. Please consider an alternative site for your helipad, far away from cassowary habitat.
  • Greta Cumming
    signed 2021-02-26 18:05:24 +1100
  • Lynn Brodie
    signed 2021-02-26 18:04:41 +1100
  • Sandra Ball
    signed 2021-02-26 18:00:36 +1100
  • Rhonda Keating
    signed 2021-02-26 16:31:23 +1100
  • Frances Connor
    signed 2021-02-26 16:12:48 +1100
  • Trudy Kydd
    signed 2021-02-26 15:22:22 +1100
  • Gabrielle RIchardson
    signed 2021-02-26 14:59:22 +1100
  • Rebecca Mursic
    signed 2021-02-26 14:44:09 +1100
  • Clare Budd
    signed 2021-02-26 14:15:03 +1100
    I lived in Bingil Bay; Mission Beach for many years, my children spent much of their childhood growing up there and we all love and appreciate the diverse ecology in the area. There are many native wildlife species that are unique only to this area with the cassowary being the apex figurehead of them all.

    Our own unicorn.

    Thank you for alerting people of this potential destruction of their Habitat and added threat to their existence.

    I truly believe Mission Beach and it’s surrounds is not the place where large numbers of people should be able to fly in and out quickly. It’s unique and important ecology means it should be a place most have to travel far to get too so you take the time to appreciate it and hopefully learn why it’s imperative to protect it💙🌏 ✌🏽
  • Chris Waldron
    signed 2021-02-26 14:05:58 +1100
  • Francois Colin
    signed 2021-02-25 22:46:40 +1100
  • Heather McCudden
    signed 2021-02-25 20:49:34 +1100
  • Juanita Richards
    signed 2021-02-25 10:12:14 +1100
  • Blake Johnson
    signed 2021-02-24 21:56:52 +1100
  • Jim Quinn
    signed 2021-02-24 20:22:03 +1100
    If this proposal goes through, there will be a semi-permanent no-fly-zone above the greater mission beach. Dont even think about trying to fly drones or model aircraft, or even a kite for that matter! This proposal is absolutely appalling and a disgrace to the community and the greatet region. Mundoo’s missing out!
  • Nada Khourie
    signed 2021-02-24 07:12:40 +1100
  • Terry Marchant
    signed 2021-02-23 23:16:34 +1100
  • Ruth Williams
    signed 2021-02-23 22:33:57 +1100
    The proposed heavy industrial commercial helipad has no place in the heart of a small community known for its amazing natural biodiversity of world heritage importance. Residents and tourists alike highly appreciate the quiet lifestyle amid such natural beauty. It is an ignorant and arrogant move to dismiss the community values and the so very valuable environment.
  • Stephanie Meggitt
    signed 2021-02-23 14:58:24 +1100
  • Aaron Goyen
    signed 2021-02-23 00:39:47 +1100
  • Elisabeth Brunet
    signed 2021-02-23 00:14:51 +1100
  • Anna Stoudemire
    signed 2021-02-22 20:20:05 +1100
  • Jessica Walsh
    signed 2021-02-22 19:51:43 +1100
  • sonya thomson
    signed 2021-02-22 18:31:28 +1100
  • Emma Moy
    signed 2021-02-22 18:11:27 +1100
  • Caryn Quinn
    signed 2021-02-22 16:05:30 +1100
    It’s amazing how councillors that don’t live anywhere near this noisey and invasive helipad can approve of this business which is situated in the middle of the endangered Cassowary corridor(which the Federal govt approved), ratepayers (whose property values will decrease), a biodiverse wetland that supports nesting Cassowarys as well as migrating birds and other wildlife. There are several other options available for a business like this to operate from which wouldn’t affect the Cassowarys who would be startled by the noise and effects from helicopters running all day every day. Despite several emails expressing our concern and objections to the “Cassowary” Coast Council regarding the noise and environmental impact, we received no reply or comment , and 1 out of 7 could be bothered to attend one of our meetings.

    Please intervene and demand the appropriate studies of the affect and impact this will bring.
  • Angelo Dimarco
    signed 2021-02-22 15:02:13 +1100