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Joy flights a trial for some Esplanade residents

Wayne Thurston from Compass Helicopters at the Hervey Bay Airport.
Wayne Thurston from Compass Helicopters at the Hervey Bay Airport. Alistair Brightman

A NEWS business offering joy flights and commercial aerial work over Hervey Bay has received a mixed reaction.

Residents have phoned the Chronicle complaining about Compass Helicopters flights passing over their homes and what they describe as noise pollution.

One resident was annoyed at being woken up at 10am each morning to the sound of the helicopter.

On the flipside, the helicopters have received a warm welcome from others, with several posting positive comments about the new venture on social media.

Hervey Bay mum Kerrie Alexander said she was happy there were helicopters in Hervey Bay skies.

"I love the helicopters flying over my house - my little two-year-old runs out to the yard to point at the sky each time they fly over," Mrs Alexander said.

Compass Helicopters recently started selling tourism scenic flight tours in Hervey Bay.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the business had been given a permit to use the Seafront Oval Extension for a trial period of 13 days spread across December and January.

"The trial will allow Compass Helicopters to understand the demand for their tourism product so they can make future business decisions and have further discussions with council on the logistics of their business," Cr O'Connell said.

"Conditions of the permit require they comply with any requirements of CASA or any other relevant authority in relation to flying in and out of the site."

Compass Helicopters owner Wayne Thurston said the company welcomed feedback and was flexible to altering flight paths.

"We'd appreciate if people let us know first if they have any concerns," he said.

"We really like Hervey Bay.

"It really is such a beautiful place from the air - a unique mix of green and urban design.

"Some clients have requested flights over Hervey Bay rather than the more touristy destinations of Fraser Island or out to sea."

Topics:  complaints, esplanade, fraser coast regional council, helicopter, joy flights, noise, seafront oval



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