3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks , VIC

Use the land for a helicopter landing site and associated works generally in accordance with the submitted plans

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 3 months ago. The date it was received by them was not recorded.

(Source: Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, reference P18/2295)

8 Comments

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  1. Simon Mezger commented

    As residents of Point Leo located at 30 Nobby Street we are located 750m away from the proposed helipad. Point Leo is unique on the Mornington Peninsula for it's lack of noise pollution. Water powercraft are unable to launch at Point Leo and as such the community is able to enjoy peaceful and quiet enjoyment of our beautiful location. Like powered watercraft, the proposed helipad and associated noise associated with helicopters landing and taking off would seriously impact on the overall amenity and attractiveness of this destination. Further the proposed location is on the uphill side of the Point Leo community and as such would exacerbate the impact of both the aural and visual disturbance associated with helicopters both landing and taking off. This helipad is also setting a precedent for the area that is unwelcome by the Pt Leo community and unwarranted. The helipad is an entirely discretionary request so on the grounds noted above we strongly object to this application being approved

  2. Simon Mezger wrote to local councillor Bev Colomb

    As residents of Point Leo located at 30 Nobby Street we are located 750m away from the proposed helipad. Point Leo is unique on the Mornington Peninsula for its lack of noise pollution. Water powercraft are unable to launch at Point Leo and as such the community is able to enjoy peaceful and quiet enjoyment of our beautiful location. Like powered watercraft, the proposed helipad and associated noise associated with helicopters landing and taking off would seriously impact on the overall amenity and attractiveness of this destination. Further the proposed location is on the uphill side of the Point Leo community and as such would exacerbate the impact of both the aural and visual disturbance associated with helicopters both landing and taking off. This helipad is also setting a precedent for the area that is unwelcome by the Pt Leo community and unwarranted. The helipad is an entirely discretionary request so on the grounds noted above we strongly object to this application being approved

    Delivered to local councillor Bev Colomb. They are yet to respond.

  3. John Reynoldson commented

    I have two concerns regarding the proposed helipad that I hope the council will consider.
    1) That use of the pad might be extended in future to offering commercial joy flights up and down the Westernport/Flinders foreshore coastline. It would be a shame for the coastal community to have to endure the regular noise of helicopter traffic (the noise pollution around the 12 Apostles is a salutary example) Unfortunately, the air regulations only require aircraft to maintain a 500ft vertical separation when flying down the coast and noise levels are outside council control in this mode. I would hope that any permit granted would specifically limit the use of the pad solely to commuting to/from the estate, and not allow joy flight/charter operations.
    2) No indication is given of the likely flight path over other communities, but it is likely that the aircraft may overfly Merricks or Balnarring/Balnarring Beach if coming from the CBD or Moorabbin. Existing helicopter traffic is already a common noise issue for Balnarring, as many flights seem to overfly at the minimum legal altitude, often circling for an extra view.

  4. Steve Donehue commented

    I visit Flinders quiet often. A helipad for ONLY the Westpac (or other emergency) chopper is fine by me. But catering to the wealthy or to business profitability by suborning the happiness of the not so well to do is unethical and immoral.

  5. Michael Gielb commented

    I’m a long time resident of Balnarring.
    I can’t see any positives or benefits for residents of the Peninsula in this proposal.
    We would get more noise and disturbance and it will be very unlikely that the fly in / fly out restaurant visitors will take the time to visit other areas or businesses on the Peninsula.

    Michael Gielb

  6. Ann Renkin commented

    As a permanent resident of Shoreham I would like to object to this application for a planning permit.
    1. There is no consideration in the application of the environmental effects -noise, wind, dust - of take off and landing, and flight on the surrounding animals (koalas,wallabies,cattle) and birds ( yellow tailed black cockatoos, sea eagles). Given there are many of these, an environmental effects statement should be provided.
    2. Overhead noise is very rare here. The noise study does not take this into consideration and assumes the usual standard of noise levels. We have very little overhead noise. This is one of the special attractions of this area and of coastal villages. A helicopter or helicopters - it could be 12 on one day, will radically impinge on the quality of life of permanent residents living along Westernport shoreline.
    3. Other coastal villages will be affected. There is no indication in the application of the more distant flight path of the helicopters coming to and going from Pt Leo Estate. This should be part of the application. The flight path as set out in the application is limited to the immediate area of the property, and thus inadequate.
    4. The application states that a Cultural Heritage Management Plan is not required. There is no evidence that the Bunurong Land Council has been involved in that decision. An assessment by the Bunurong Land Council should be part of the application, and required by Council.
    5.There is a very well set up airport at Tyabb, and it would be possible for patrons to be met by a car/limosine and driven to Pt Leo Estate. This would minimise all the potential negative effects of day visitors to the area, and protect the environment. This is a very reasonable and alternative option available to the owners of the Pt Leo Estate.

  7. Katherine Sampson commented

    I am a ratepayer with a property within sight and sound of Point Leo Estate and any flights around it. The amenity of the area will be adversely affected particularly through noise and visual impacts. This is a coastal and rural retreat which will be spoiled visually and aurally by the regular coming and going of helicopters. There appears to be nothing to prevent pilots altering flight routes or being forced by Civil Aviation regulations to do so according to weather, meaning more landowners will be impacted. The application, if successful, will degrade the peaceful enjoyment of residents and visitors to this region. The confluence of sea and bush habitats means that the area is rich in bird life hereto undisturbed by regular flights. What steps have the applicants taken to avoid such disturbance?
    Further, allowing this proposal creates a precedent. What’s to stop other wineries seeking the same opportunity?

  8. Wendy Conyers commented

    I do not believe it enhances the environment, the surrounds of other people's land and the general use is not to the benefit of the general population in Shoreham, Merricks, Flinders areas. The general habitat will be disturbed, and surely there is enough access to the Point Leo Estate for all visitors. This is a most unnecessary and environmentally detrimental action if this permit is granted.

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