Victory claimed - helicopters going elsewhere now
In September 2017 the Adelaide Council consulted on a proposal to amend the 'Community Land Management Plan' for Park 27 because they wanted to put a commercial joyflight helicopter business at this beautiful riverside location.
This is the same riverside location in Helen Mayo Park (formerly part of Bonython Park) that the State Government is also targeting for a luxury hotel. See the story above.
The results of the Council's consultation were discredited in late October 2017 when it was revealed that supporters of the helipad had been offering a prize (of a $1,500 helicopter flight) to persuade people to vote "yes" to the Park Management Plan change. Even worse for the Council's plans, a commercial joyflight operator who used this site on a one-off basis in September 2017 was the cause of an "operational incident" with Adelaide Airport Air Traffic Control which led to the diversion of an inbound passenger jet. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority, investigating the incident, asked the Council to think again about the suitability of the site.
After getting independent advice, the City Council at its meeting on Tuesday 30 January 2018 formally ditched this site, and voted to examine other possible locations for a helipad, just as APPA had been urging the Council to do.
Congratulations to all those who joined APPA in pointing out to the Council in 2017 the unsuitability of this Park Lands location.
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