Cr Jason O’Pray and Pilot Shawn Kelly on the float of Paradise Seaplanes Wilga 80. The seaplane has been operating for one year at Maroochy River.
It has been one year in coming, but Shawn Kelly of Paradise Seaplanes was very pleased to be eating cake on Saturday at Maroochy River.
After a year of battling for a permission, the Sunshine Coast Council awarded a temporary permit to Paradise Seaplanes on 19 December 2014. The permit was extended to July 2016. They have since been awarded a permit for the next 3 year period to 2019 and are very grateful to Sunshine Coast Council for their support.
“We are very grateful to the local community who have shown overwhelming support for this new tourist attraction,” said Mr Kelly. “We have so many people who come up to us and wish us well, it has been heart-warming.”
“My husband and I live across the road from the Maroochy River – and are delighted whenever we see the seaplane landing or taking off on the river,” said Alicia Power of Bradman Avenue.
The business has grown to a two pilot operation in the short time it has been at Maroochy River and Shawn Kelly says are working their way to becoming an iconic attraction on the Sunshine. They have started well, boasting a 5 star Trip Advisor rating and a feature on ‘The Great South East’.
"Paradise Seaplanes is an integral part of the river life and a great ambassador for the Sunshine Coast," said Cr Jason O’Pray. "This is a MUST DO experience for every single Sunshine Coast local."