Talks quieten Becker helicopters

RESIDENTS affected by the thunderous roar of helicopters circling their homes may soon have relief, with particulars being applied to a fly-neighbourly agreement.

While Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell wouldn't give the Chronicle specific details, he made suggestions about what an agreement with Becker Helicopters might cover.

"The components they'll cover are things like flight paths, the regularity of the flights and the timing of them," he said. "Which I think are the hot button issues for people.

"We'll try to close that off in the next week or so."

The agreement was discussed when Becker Helicopters owner Mike Becker flew in to the Hervey Bay Airport yesterday.

Along with nine other councillors and the mayor, Darren Everard spoke with Mr Becker in Hervey Bay's Tavistock St chambers for about an hour-and-a-half.

Cr Everard divided the region last week when his motion to ban helicopter flying schools from establishing themselves in the region was passed.

Mr Becker was furious, describing some councillors as "piss-weak" and "rank amateurs".

But despite the potential tension between the pair, Cr Everard said the meeting with Mr Becker was good.

"We sat down and we had a chat with the bloke, end of story," he said.

"I just shared with him the concerns (of) some of the residents of the Fraser Coast.

"He told us his side of the story."

Cr Everard said he didn't go to the airport with Mr Becker following the meeting because of other commitments.

"I just shook his hand - that's how it is," he said.

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