Business ready to land
THE council has thrown open the doors of Maryborough Airport in the hope of attracting new industry and business to the region.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was "extremely confident" of attracting commercial interest to the site - and highlighted retail, hotels and sport as the likely industries.
"What I'm suggesting here is we might get businesses that don't need airside access, they don't need to run a plane - some might - but they generally don't need that," he said.
"You can't build skyscrapers, obviously, because it's airside, but large hardware-type stores, clearance outlets, tourism and hospitality, that's the type of thing that might work."
Cr O'Connell said the sites between Saltwater Creek Rd and the runway were identified as having commercial potential as part of the 2012 Fraser Coast Airports Master Plan.
The council had no estimate of how much money could be generated, or how many jobs could be created, but Cr O'Connell said there had been interest in the past.
"From time to time a couple of businesses who have come to Maryborough or Hervey Bay have looked at places where they might need bigger areas of 10,000-15,000sq m," he said.
"If you look at motor vehicle yards, even boats or caravan sales, it's those types of businesses that I think will have interest here."