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Call for council action as noisy choppers stay up after dark

AN ANGRY Urangan resident has hit out at council over its lack of action on persistent noise from helicopters at night.

Hervey Bay Facebook pages were swamped with queries about the sound on Sunday as choppers repeatedly flew across the area while residents tried to sleep.

The complaints come amid strong rumours a helicopter training company is looking to move here.

Dave Darmody, who has lived in the area for 15 years has emailed the Fraser Coast Regional Council but he said they don't want anything to do with it.

"I've emailed all the councillors, the mayor and the CEO and essentially got exactly what I was expecting," he said.

Mr Darmody, who runs an off-road driving business, was told it was a Civil Aviation Safety Authority matter.

"It's our belief but no one's telling us for sure - it's a helicopter training school based out of the Sunshine Coast," he said.

"There's all sorts of stories about them being Saudi Arabian pilots and all sorts of stuff - who knows?"

Mr Darmody lives about 150m from the runway.

On Sunday night he had all the widows closed and the heater on - but he still needed to turn the TV up to hear it, with the choppers drowning it out.

"It seems to be they come over the house, land - it gets a little bit quieter then it powers up again as they take off," he said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell believed the helicopters were from a flight training school that was visiting the region.

He said all registered aircraft were permitted to come and go from the Fraser Coast's airports.

"Council does not control the airspace," he said.

Cr O'Connell said he would be more than happy instigate an agreement of flight times and paths with flight operators and the aviation body.

Topics:  fraser coast regional council, helicopters, noise pollution



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