WE WON! Commercial helicopters banned!
Jan 28, 2020 —
Hello Mountains Lovers,
Excited to let you know we got a great result from the Department. They wrote to stakeholders recently about the community consultation:
A total of 1582 submissions were made, with more than 85 per cent opposing the application and only 13 per cent in support or offering conditional support.
The community feedback has been carefully considered and a final decision has been made by the department not to proceed with the lease application in its current form.
The department has advised FlyBlue that a revised application may be considered if commercial helicopter flights were removed from the application.
The department has also advised FlyBlue to consider further community engagement with the community to reach a balanced approach to the management of the concerns expressed during the submission period.
FlyBlue has been advised that their current licence to operate the site will cease on 28 February 2020. A new licence that prohibits helicopter flights will be issued at that time.
The airfield will remain open to emergency services.
THANK YOU! for supporting this campaign. Our ultimate goal is to see the airfield put in the national park, but the first big step is NO HELICOPTER TOURISM. You helped make that happen.
Crown Lands - official page, including community consultation submissions and findings
Blue Mountian Gazette - 'Lease on Katoomba airfield knocked back, community celebrates'
The KACG team
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