Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Katoomba Airfield Lease Rejected - peace and quiet assured

The Colong Foundation welcomes the decision by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to reject FlyBlue’s lease bid over Katoomba Airfield that would have established helicopter tourism over the World Heritage Area.

“We congratulate Katoomba Airfield Community Group and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society who ran a determined campaign collecting over 1000 local objections to the proposed lease. Had a Crown lease been issued, short, repetitive helicopter joy flights over the nearby scenic areas would have followed, driving locals, tourists and conservationists to despair”, said Keith Muir, director of the Foundation. 

“The risk of intrusive aircraft noise arising from flights based on an upgraded Katoomba airfield over wilderness and Blue Mountains communities is significant.  Places like the Blue Gum Forest would have been impacted by early morning and late evening joy flights”, he said.

“The Colong Foundation now calls on Energy and Environment Minister, Matt Kean, to add this large piece of Crown land to Blue Mountains National Park.  The airfield can then continue to operate for emergency and rescue purposes as it does now,” said Mr Muir.

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For more info contact Keith Muir 0412791404

Departmental summary report
https://www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/public/on-exhibition/proposed-lease-of-katoomba-airfield