Public meeting to be held at Morisset Country Club on Wednesday, January 16, to explain Trinity Point helipad conciliation conference

A Firebird 288 helicopter approaches the site of the proposed helipad at Trinity Point marina during acoustic testing in 2016. Picture: David Stewart
A Firebird 288 helicopter approaches the site of the proposed helipad at Trinity Point marina during acoustic testing in 2016. Picture: David Stewart

A COMMUNITY meeting will be held next week in Morisset to update local residents on the Trinity Point helipad proposal which is grounded in the Land and Environment Court.

Johnson Property Group wants to add a helipad to its approved $388-million Trinity Point development, in Morisset Park.

It is seeking to install a 20-metre by 20-metre helipad pontoon with a 30-metre wide managed safety zone during the helicopter landings and take-offs only. 

There would be a maximum of eight movements per day (four landings and four departures).

Residents have raised concerns about matters such as noise, flight frequency, economic viability and likely effects on wildlife.

An artist's impression of how the Trinity Point marina might look, with a helipad in place to the left. Artwork: Supplied

An artist's impression of how the Trinity Point marina might look, with a helipad in place to the left. Artwork: Supplied

JPG had been awaiting decisions from the Department of Planning and Environment on its modified concept plan to facilitate the helipad, and from Lake Macquarie City Council on an environmental impact statement for the helipad.

A spokesperson for the council said the meeting had been called to explain an upcoming conciliation conference.

“The JPG helipad proposal has generated a significant amount of public interest. The meeting planned for January 16 is intended as an opportunity to provide a summary of the proceedings and to organise members of the community in anticipation of the upcoming conciliation conference,” the spokesperson said.

The conciliation conference will start with an on-site inspection at 71 Trinity Point Drive on Tuesday, January 29.

“This aspect of the conference is open to the public, and several nominated local residents will make oral submissions on the proposed development,” the spokesperson said.

“The conciliation conference will continue on January 30 at council’s Speers Point administration building. This aspect of the conference will not be open to the public.”

The public meeting will be held at Morisset Country Club on Wednesday, January 16, from 6pm to 8pm.

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