Residents deserve consultation
I would like to inform the wider community about Flight Training Adelaide's development proposal.
On first reading of this proposal it seemed to focus on the infrastructure at the Port Lincoln Airport but on closer inspection it will be much more.
It will not only affect residents in the Port Lincoln Airport area but possibly the whole of the Eyre Peninsula.
Circuit training has been carried out at Port Lincoln, Cummins, Tumby Bay, Coffin Bay etc.
I'm no aviation guru but there could be 22 of these FTA planes flying across the Eyre Peninsula, practicing circuits at all of the country air strips.
They are proposing to fly between 7am to 11pm weekdays and 8am to 10pm on weekends, 365 days a year.
The proposal states a possible 65,000 movements per annum at Port Lincoln - that could be more than 178 movements per day in Port Lincoln alone!
There is a trial currently underway with only four planes flying.
They are continually taking off and landing.
They have no regard for people living in the area and I don't just mean Port Lincoln Airport.
For people who say "you live next to an airport so put up with it" my answer to them is that when we built our home, we consulted the Port Lincoln Airport Masterplan and this development was not in the plan.
The most that could have been anticipated was a maximum 3 per cent growth in flights per annum over the next 20 years.
Poonindie school children's education is being disrupted by the current trial, the noise of these planes is causing distress to people who hear it constantly in their homes.
There has been no consultation from Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council on this matter and when asked to attend a closed meeting with concerned residents and ratepayers, they declined.
In the past we have been consulted on recycling and beach access - I would have thought this development proposal was worthy of at least a letter to the residents affected.
Car park query
When is a disabled car park not a disabled car park?
I found out recently that a local business owner can use the car park he provides as a service to the community, as a landing bay to unload stock for his shop.
When I politely queried him, not knowing he was the owner, as to why he was using that carpark in the way he was, he told me he owned it and could use it as he pleases.
My partner and I, as disabled parking permit holders, wished to use that park, but were denied by his impetuosity.
If you are going to be a good community person, then do it 100 per cent of the time, not just when it is convenient.
Surely he has the land there to quarantine a landing bay for his four-wheel drive vehicle.
I am now banned from his establishment because I challenged him over the matter, your loss pal.
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