New tourism venture gains OK for take off
  • Thursday 26 March 2015
Sea Plane

Paradise Seaplanes today secured a tick of approval to operate until June 30, 2016.

This follows completion of their three month trial permit for a three-metre by three-metre portable marquee for business transactions on the Maroochy River bank, Bradman Avenue, endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council in December 2014.

The business separately obtained approval from Maritime Safety Queensland to conduct landings and take-offs within the Maroochy River over this period. 

Sunshine Coast Tourism, Sport and Major Events Councillor Jason O'Pray said he was delighted with the outcome today, which provides a permit until mid-2016, and looked forward to watching the business become a real tourism asset for the region.

“I’ve received so much positive feedback from local residents regarding the new addition to the area, many of whom have jumped a board and experienced it themselves,” Cr O'Pray said.

“I’m confident this little business is only going to continue to grow and bring more people to the area providing a boost for our local businesses.”

Division 9 Councillor Stephen Robinson said in reaching their decision, Sunshine Coast Council considered the feedback received through the trial period along with consulting with other State Government approval agencies.

“During the trial, feedback was received from five local residents outlining their concerns associated with the business operations. These related to noise and safety for users of the Maroochy River,” Cr Robinson said.

“It is important to note council has no jurisdiction regarding these matters, and as such the complainants were referred to Maritime Safety Queensland and Civil Aviation Safety Australia.

“Consultation with Maritime Safety Queensland and Air Services Australia has indicated they have no concerns in relation to the commercial activity.”

Based on the feedback from local residents and the approval from other key governing bodies regarding safety and or authorisation of use, council decided to provide Paradise Seaplanes a permit to continue to operate their marquee for business transactions until June 30, 2016.

Like other permitted high-use, high-impact commercial users of community land controlled by council, Paradise Seaplanes will be required to participate in the permit review and renewal process in 2016 in accordance with council’s adopted Community Land and Complimentary Commercial Activity Policy.