Public forum to discuss training flights in Caloundra

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has arranged a public forum for residents and key stakeholders to have their say on the contentious issue of helicopter training in Caloundra.
It comes after Mr McArdle’s office was inundated with noise complaints in the past week surrounding an increase of helicopter flyovers in the area.
The forum will be held at the CCSA Hall at 1 Nutley St, Caloundra on Friday, 7th February from 10am-noon.
Mr McArdle is encouraging all residents who would like to have their say to come along and will also be inviting authorities including Sunshine Coast Council and Caloundra Aerodrome operators.
“While I appreciate council has met this week with key stakeholders, it is important for residents and everyone to have their say in an open and transparent meeting,” Mr McArdle said.
“We cannot forget that the Caloundra Aerodrome was there first, however there has to be a way that residents and operators can co-exist.
“It is imperative for all parties to come to the table and reach a resolution that benefits everyone.”
In the past Mr McArdle has been a key advocator for Aerodrome operators securing long-term leases, and backed a 5000 signature petition lobbying the State Government that the Caloundra Aerodrome should stay. In September 2010 the then Premier Anna Bligh stated it would stay in its original location, citing it would cost more than $100 million to relocate the facility.