Heliport unlikely to take flight

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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EXPANDED helicopteroperations at Highland Heritage Estate are unlikely to proceed after Orange City Council staff recommended the proposal be knocked back.
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Councillors will consider the proposal on Tuesday night, which seeks an increase from seven take-offs and landings a week to 90, with a daily limit of 20.

Helicruz would operate 80 per cent of the flights, with 20-40 per cent for tourism, 15 per cent for charter, 25-30 per cent for emergencies and 20-25 per cent for pilot training, withthe rest undertaken by private users.

In his report to councillors, Daniel Drum recommended the applicationbe rejected based on noise impact, visual impact and a failure in the environmental impact statement to justify the projectbecause it did not analysealternative locations and used anedotal information to support the high number of flights.

“Orange Airport [was]dismissed from consideration on the basis that the intended operator of the proposed heliport had previously been affected by vandalism, costing in the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the airport was considered impractical given the need for travel between the subject property and the airport,” the report said.

“It is assessed that the noise from helicopters has the potential to be intrusive to a level causing annoyance. Further, there is the potential for sleep disturbance impacts and that there is a lack of certainty around the proposed operations, particularly during night time hours when the potential for sleep disturbance impacts is greater.”

Opponent Belinda Scott believed the application had been considered clearly and methodically.

“We don’t care that there’s a shed there, but it’s affecting people’slives and their homes that changes the total atmosphere of the entrance to Orange,” she said.

Some work was completed illegally, including an extra storey added to theoffice and amenities building and a larger-than-approved awning,helipad,taxiway and roller door.

Other work completed without the council’s consent includedrelocation of amenities and additional storage within the hangarand signage on the hangar’s roof.

The illegal work will be considered at a later meeting, subject to Tuesday’s outcome.

The D’Aquino Group of Companies owns the property andwas contacted for comment.

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