Helicopters and wetlands - Altona, Vic

Subject: Helicopters and wetlands - Altona, Vic
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:13:49 +1100
The owner of an industrial site a few 100m north of Truganina Wetlands
in Altona has applied for a permit to land a helicopter there several
times a week.  The proposed flight path would have it at a height of
perhaps 200m just north of the wetlands as it descends to the landing

The council has denied the application and now the case is going to
appeal at VCAT.  Council was originally going to to use the "effect on
migratory birds" as an argument at the appeal, but has dropped this due
to "lack of expert witnesses".

I'm not calling for volunteers, but does anyone have any knowledge of
the effect on birds of a helicopter at this height near wetlands?

Peter Shute

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