Aviation businesses' fate unknown
THE FATE of aviation business operators at Maryborough Airport is still up in the air with no progress made by the council since the men and the mayor met on February 5.
“Nothing’s happened,” Pro-Sky Flight Training Group’s Russell Middleton said.
“Maryborough Aviation Services’ Col Miller and I met with the mayor and councillor Gerard O’Connell and the decision was the council would form a committee with business operators, councillors and Mark Woodbury, an aviation consultant, to look into how the airport could be best used.
“My last communication with Mayor Kruger was by email on February 9. I thanked him for his time and asked him, what do I do now? He replied once the airport land use study was presented to council ‘on February 17’ he would contact me.”
But the land use study was not presented at Wednesday’s meeting and is now ostensibly scheduled for discussion among the councillors on March 3.
“If nothing happens by the end of March I’ll take further action,” Mr Miller said.
“I told the mayor at the February 5 meeting that at least four other aviation businesses were waiting in the wings to come to the airport.”
Mr Middleton said it was a shame the study had taken so long to get to the council.
“If we knew what was in it we’d know which way to go. I’m still treading water waiting for a lease.”
Mr O’Connell believes the study report has now arrived with the CEO Andrew Brien and “should be on our agenda for next week”.
“The important thing is when council makes a decision on aviation in the region and that will follow this report.
“These businesses are looking for surety of tenure and continuity on the Fraser Coast.”
Meanwhile Mr Middleton will next week process three Ibis three-seater aircraft he has imported from Colombia – in Gympie – because he can’t get a lease from the council at Maryborough Airport to build a hangar.