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
  • Debra Lahrs
    signed 2021-02-19 19:25:36 +1100
    This is a totally inappropriate development for this area proposed by a mega rich person who lives in Victoria . There are other underused Council owned aviation facilities in the area. The closest is approximately 6 minutes flight time away. Why was there no noise impact study don? WHY was there no environmental impact study done? WHY was there no community consultation. WHY has this been approved??? It will only benefit a tiny percentage of Mission Beach residents but destroy the peaceful ambiance of nearby homes & the North Mission Village.
  • Nicolle Tilleyshort
    signed 2021-02-16 13:28:48 +1100
  • Daniel Tilleyshort
    signed 2021-02-16 13:25:55 +1100
  • Vicki Lennon
    signed 2021-02-15 13:56:29 +1100
  • Sarndra Steel
    signed 2021-02-14 09:09:18 +1100
  • Nichole Lawson
    signed 2021-02-13 18:33:32 +1100
  • Trish Moore
    signed 2021-02-12 12:56:04 +1100
    The helipad should not be in the middle of quiet residential villages surrounded by cassowary habitat. The noise for residents and wildlife has not been considered appropriately in the decision making.
  • Jennifer Downs
    signed 2021-02-12 12:28:43 +1100
    We certainly need to consider the impact of this proposal on Cassowaries and other wildlife, but we also need to consider the impact on residents who have purchased land and built homes anticipating a quiet harmonious lifestyle. I’ts important right now, as Mission Beach develops to place infrastructure in the right place. This proposal belongs at an airport.
  • Lexi Malcolm
    signed via 2021-02-12 09:22:53 +1100
  • sue taylor
    signed 2021-02-11 13:55:04 +1100
    Helipad should not be built in middle of cassowary conservation area, residential area or world heritage area. Build it somewhere else.
  • Makayla Russo
    signed 2021-02-11 11:11:35 +1100
  • Josiane Jensen
    signed via 2021-02-11 10:01:38 +1100
  • Sharai Hutchinson
    signed via 2021-02-11 09:26:55 +1100
  • Steven Nowakowski
    signed 2021-02-11 08:41:01 +1100
  • Sharon Haddock
    signed 2021-02-11 03:22:17 +1100
    With four existing aviation facilities in the shire, this is a ludicrous proposal to place another one right in between three cassowary corridors. No to the heliport
  • Dorota Cieslikiewicz
    signed 2021-02-11 02:33:41 +1100
  • Lorraine Thompson
    signed 2021-02-11 01:30:48 +1100
    Plenty of land elsewhere in mission beach or surrounding areas that will not interfere with our wildlife or our homes we love our town just the way it is
  • Keryn Archer
    signed 2021-02-11 00:27:14 +1100
    We do NOT want a heliport in our neighbourhood. The damage to wildlife and to our way of life is unthinkable. Surely they can relocate this project to either the Tully airport or the Innisfail airport where there is no damage to wildlife.
  • Patrice Gassin
    signed 2021-02-10 23:24:20 +1100
  • Judy Brady
    signed 2021-02-10 22:19:57 +1100
  • Lauren Callahan
    signed 2021-02-10 21:42:58 +1100
  • Jasmine Noden
    signed 2021-02-10 21:01:33 +1100
  • Ian Locke
    signed 2021-02-10 20:58:25 +1100
    This is totally ridiculous and should be stopped
  • Susan Foley
    signed 2021-02-10 20:24:57 +1100
  • Timothy Bailey
    signed 2021-02-10 19:40:30 +1100
  • Richard Christian
    signed 2021-02-10 18:45:25 +1100
  • Samantha Morris
    signed 2021-02-10 17:00:23 +1100
    I can’t believe the local council would approve this development without considering biodiversity and habitat implications. I hope the Minister does their job and calls it in as a matter of state interest. That way it can be re-assessed accordingly.
  • David Troddyn
    signed 2021-02-10 15:48:45 +1100
  • Kelvin Davies
    published this page in Petitions 2021-02-10 15:42:06 +1100