The corporate additionally operates constitution flights and aerial surveys from its Marina Mirage helipad in Essential Seaside. (Gold Coast Helitours)
A 30-year-old Gold Coast pleasure flight firm is threatened with closure over noise complaints – however says it was first made conscious of the choice by an adviser on social media.
Gold Coast Helitours has acquired a present trigger discover and has till September 22 to show that it’s not working illegally.
“We've been working on the Gold Coast for over 30 years, we’re a serious participant in tourism… We have been caught off guard,” proprietor Scott Menzies advised the Gold Coast Bulletin. “It’s a minority actually getting mad at us.”
The journey firm, which has halved its workforce to 10 individuals for the reason that begin of the pandemic, can be conducting charters and aerial surveys from its Marina Mirage helipad in Essential Seaside.
In accordance with native newspaper experiences, Southport councilor Brooke Patterson stated the enterprise was 'not authorized' on Fb.
Menzies claims he by no means acquired any official correspondence from the council.
"However I do know that as a result of it was despatched to me by a 3rd get together and was on social media," he stated.
“It’s very disappointing that council and councilors have expressed their issues and knowledgeable their constituents of the upcoming discover to me when I’ve not even acquired it. I feel it's very unfair that they’ll touch upon issues they've by no means even advised me about.
"They by no means shared their issues with me, Cr Taylor and Cr Patterson."
He added that the board approached the corporate on the finish of final 12 months however, after addressing their issues, had heard nothing.
Councilor Darren Taylor then apparently confirmed the motion to the ABC.
“For the time being there are two choices; both they cease or they submit a request they usually should undergo this course of, ”he stated.
“This successfully offers them till September 22 to both cease stealing or cease buying and selling… or they’ll submit a request to truly present their companies. In doing so, it will likely be a evaluable app during which residents have a say within the end result.
Don Espey, an area resident, advised the state broadcaster: 'There is no such thing as a room for a loud helicopter operation. We’re simply delighted that frequent sense appears to prevail. "