Sunshine Coast Airport masterplan.
Sunshine Coast Airport masterplan.

Questions remain over flight path consultation process

REGARDING the article 'No show: Flight path opponents fail to air alternative' (Daily, July 8) in which Sunshine Coast Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer states "Any objective observer could see we've covered all reasonable steps to carry out thorough consultation”.

I believe "any objective observer” who looked in detail at the public consultation carried out in 2014 by the Sunshine Coast Council in relation to the EIS on the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion may have very good reason to question that process.

Closer inspection suggests that the Sunshine Coast Council directed most of their consultation efforts in the areas least affected by the changes.

Fast forward to 2019 and the current outcry by communities directly affected by the proposed new flightpath.

It is hard to see how the Sunshine Coast Council can reasonably claim that they have carried out an effective consultation with these communities in 2014.

Surely these communities would have been more vocal then, had they been aware of the implications of the proposals under the EIS.

If it is found that the processes were flawed and this (regrettably) results in a hold up to the airport, the Sunshine Coast Council has no-one to blame but themselves.

JUDY TULLOCH

Marcus Beach



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