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Commenters concerned whinging is holding region back

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

A FEW whingers can ruin it for the lot is the overlying sentiment in responses to the Chronicle's coverage of new helicopter tourism in Hervey Bay.

Mixed opinions have been voiced over Compass Helicopters, with some residents unhappy with flight paths and noise - but most said there was little basis to the complaints.

Hervey Bay woman Joy Oliver commented there were so many people against progress on the Fraser Coast.

"No wonder the locals are selling up and leaving here, we will be one of them this year," she said.

"This town has so much potential but some people won't let the town grow."

Esplanade residents said the noise of the new tourism scenic flight business was nothing compared to hoons that woke them after hours, while others were concerned they were not consulted in the Fraser Coast Regional Council's approval process.

One online reader posted, the people who complained should look at the 'bigger picture' of job creation and progress.

"I'm very frustrated with all the whingers. With every little bit of progress, out come the whingers," Hervey Bay woman Lyn Joy Hill said.

More than 300 comments have been voiced online on the Fraser Coast Chronicle webpage and Facebook conversation.

Adding some positive spin, Ya-Joking added, "Keep him flying and you never know, if we are lucky enough - it may even drive the bat colony out of town."

Hervey Bay resident Gaby Whitley said she was a big fan of the new tourism offering.

"I loved taking, and being able to take, my overseas visitors to Compass Helicopters for their joy flight over our beautiful Hervey Bay," she said.

Compass Helicopters was granted permission to use the Seafront Oval extension for a trial period of 13 days over December and January.

Owner and pilot Wayne Thurston said the arrangement would be reviewed in the new year.

He said Hervey Bay's unique mix of greenery and urban design was a hit with clients.

"We try to point out as much as we can from the air," Mr Thurston said.

"Most feedback to us has been very positive."

Conditions of the permit from Fraser Coast Regional Council required they comply with any requirements of CASA or any other relevant authority in relation to flying in and out of the site.




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