Byron Shire Council resolved last Thursday that it ‘does not support and thus removes any reference to commercial helicopter operations or activities operating at Tyagarah Airfield, including construction of a heliport’.
Council also voted to have a social impact statement completed before considering any expansion and intensification of commercial uses at the Tyagarah Airfield.
The resolution also called for noise impact assessment, a strategic floodplain risk management plan, community consultation to include all affected stakeholders, and a report on the cumulative ecological impacts of tree clearing required for the airfield. Cr Alan Hunter voted against the motion.
Myocum resident Matthew O’Reilly spoke to the airfield issue during public access.
His concerns included Council getting DAs for vegetation removal; environmental impact assessment for vegetation removal; and what he described as ‘poor quality community consultation’.
Council also asked the minutes to note the difference between ‘heliport’ and ‘helipad’ as defined in the Byron Shire LEP (2014): a helipad means a place not open to the public used for the taking off and landing of helicopters; a heliport means a place open to the public that is used for the taking off and landing of helicopters, whether or not it includes: (a) a terminal building, or (b) facilities for the parking, storage or repair of helicopters.