Gerard O’Connell has high hopes for the region’s aviation industry.
Gerard O’Connell has high hopes for the region’s aviation industry.

High hopes for aviation industry

URBAN encroachment on small airstrips in other regions could bring more general aviation businesses to the Fraser Coast, where more hangar space is being made available at Maryborough and Hervey Bay airports.

The future of the aviation industry in the region is among the topics to be covered at the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce breakfast tomorrow morning.

Councillor Gerard O'Connell and the council's manager of strategic integration Kim Roberts will speak at the breakfast at the Brolga Theatre from 7am.

“The focus of our presentation will be to report back on the council's Economic Development Strategy, tell people what we've got planned for the future and relate that to the Regional Plan,” Mr O'Connell said.

“We'll talk about the region's growth and what we're working on for economic development in the area.

“We have been working on an aviation strategy and areas have been allocated for new hangar space at both airports.

“We've already got some tenders in for that space and those tenders will be settled in the next few weeks.”

Mr O'Connell said the impending closure of several south-east Queensland airstrips would provide an opportunity for the Fraser Coast to pitch that hangar space at those businesses which would have to shift.

“That's a terrific possibility for us,” he said.

“We're also looking at the possibility of fly-in fly-out operations from the Fraser Coast.”

Mr O'Connell remains upbeat about the future of the region's economy.

“You've got to be,” he said.

“We've got too much potential not to be.”

Cost for the breakfast is $25 and all are welcome.

To register visit:  http://maryborough.whosattending.com/events/22



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