News

Becker to keep flying in neighbourly deal with council

TAKING FLIGHT: Mayor Gerard O’Connell talks with helicopter pilot Mike Becker at Hervey Bay airport as he and other councillors prepare to take a flight.
TAKING FLIGHT: Mayor Gerard O’Connell talks with helicopter pilot Mike Becker at Hervey Bay airport as he and other councillors prepare to take a flight. Alistair Brightman

BECKER Helicopters will continue to use Fraser Coast airspace for training purposes, but restrictions will be placed on the business to reduce the noise which had angered people in the community.

Becker chief pilot Mike Becker said a Fly

Neighbourly Agreement would be worked out between the business and the council so the noise does not impact as much on people.

Mr Becker met with the council yesterday and admitted there had been faults on both sides when the business started using the airspace.

He believes people should have been notified before his business started using the airport for training flights in the area.

That would have given the council and the business a chance to gauge the number of complaints and it would have alerted people to what was happening, Mr Becker said.

He said he and the councillors had agreed to clean the slate and start afresh.

Mr Becker said the meeting had allowed everyone to get a handle on "what went on" and got everyone back on the same page.

A Fly Neighbourly Agreement would allow the business to occupy airspace without disrupting the community, Mr Becker said.

The deal would limit how late at night the helicopters could operate and where they could fly.

Mr Becker said an agreement was not yet in place.

But Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell said the agreement would be worked out as soon as possible.

With the relationship between Becker Helicopters and the Fraser Coast council re-established, that would also open the door to possible expansion into the region down the track.

Yesterday the councillors were also invited to Hervey Bay Airport to experience flying in a chopper, as well as the noise, for themselves.

Cr O'Connell and councillors Phil Truscott, Robert Garland, Stuart Taylor and Daniel Sanderson went to the airport, but Darren Everard, Chris Loft, George Seymour, Rolf Light, James Hansen and Trevor McDonald were notable absences on the tarmac.

When asked if their absences had any significance, Cr O'Connell laughed off the suggestion.

He said the meeting with Mr Becker had been very productive and that it had addressed a whole range of issues.

"It was an opportunity for councillors to hear answers to questions and seek and receive clarification," Cr O'Connell said.

Topics:  becker helicopters, fraser coast regional council



Leave the bloody brumbies alone on Fraser Island

A brumby on Fraser Island.

Should the brumbies be removed from Fraser Island?

Brisbane, Gold Coast airports hit by Border Force strikes

Extensive rolling stoppages to start today

OPINION: Could you go two weeks without Facebook?

So much social media out there. At what age should our kids be allowed to get involved?

Chronicle journalist shares tips to find balance in digital world.

Local Partners

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Angelina turns to Depp for consolation after divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their six children

Angelina Jolie is reportedly being consoled by Johnny Depp

Rockhampton dancer en pointe for European stages

CENTRE STAGE: Anastasia Lewis has moved from Rockhampton to Sydney to study classical ballet.

Rocky dancer believes competitions are the perfect preparation

Conner's food distraction leads to elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Conner Bethune.

HUNGER gets to castaway as Australian Survivor's tribes merge.

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state