Opinion

Chopper training school would be economic boost

EDITORIAL: The buzzing of helicopters over the Hervey Bay area at night has caused quite a stir in recent days.

Within a short time of posting Tuesday's page one story on Facebook, more than 100 comments had been generated.

This is the stuff we really care about - the things that affect our lives.

A post about the latest goings on of the Prime Minister would draw little interest, but keep people awake at night and whammo - it's on.

Encouragingly, many of the comments suggest we need to put up with some level of discomfort if the region is to go ahead.

I live near the airport and, yes, the noise from the helicopters is an irritation. But is it enough for me to want the helicopters grounded? Well, not really.

There is talk that a helicopter school is considering moving to the Fraser Coast. If it is true, it would be an economic boost to this community - one that we need.

Personally, I'd rather get used to any associated noise than see my neighbours miss out on an opportunity for employment.

We should be very careful about what we say in letters, online and in council - it's not too hard to scare potential investors away.

Topics:  airport, helicopter, hervey bay, maryborough, school, training




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