Airport on flight path of success

THE FUTURE of Maryborough Airport is looking as safe as houses – the houses that may be built around it as the airport again takes off.

Mayor Mick Kruger and councillor Gerard O’Connell met yesterday with two of the aviation operators trying to get, or extend, their leases with the council.

“I reckon the airport will survive as an aviation hub for the industry,” Mr Kruger said after the meeting.

Mr O’Connell has a vision of doing general aviation and maintenance at the airport “and I believe the council will be able to give these existing operators leases that will bring them some sense of security".

“The current land use study will go to the council at the end of the month,” Mr Kruger said.

“And we will be setting up a committee with a council staff member and a councillor, two operators from each airport and a person with extensive aviation experience to come up with recommendations to the council.”

Maryborough Aviation Services owner Col Miller, who was at the meeting with flight school operator Russell Middleton, said he was “quite happy to get this far today because it’s further than I’ve got in 12 years of trying to get a secure lease”.

The mayor said he could see development around the airport border such as light industry or even housing but that decision would be up to the full council.

Mr O’Connell envisages low level, big box retailing for perhaps caravans and boats “and one of our airports could take an air park”.

Mr Middleton said he hoped that Mr Miller could get more assurance about his lease.

“They’re still dragging the chain.”

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