Huge boost for investor's bid for international Coast airport
NOW is the time to investigate a location for a major Yeppoon airport, according to the region's leader.
Livingstone Shire mayor Bill Ludwig said an absolutely flood-free terminal would be a huge determinant to attract international business and investment to the Capricorn Coast.
His sentiment follows the LSC's motion to support Japanese developer Yoshitaro Iwasaki's proposal for a 2000 metre airstrip to help facilitate the $600 million redevelopment and international investment in the Capricorn Resort.
Cr Ludwig confirmed three potential locations were being considered for the domestic terminal, with capability for international charter flights; on site at the Capricorn Resort, Hedlow and another unspecified location between Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
Mr Iwasaki wrote to the LSC seeking support in his push for the State Government to consider the development as a State Significant Project amidst concerns recent flooding at the Rockhampton Airport would be detrimental to his development.
Cr Ludwig said an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be "easy to do" to prove there was ample space at several sites to support the proposed terminal.
"We are not pushing Hedlow or one particular location, we believe they should all be looked at," Cr Ludwig said.
"It makes common sense to have more than one option when you have an airport on the flood plain of the second biggest river system in Australia.
"There is enough evidence that floods have happened much bigger than recorded history."
Cr Ludwig said from the council's perspective, a fully operational airstrip would be a "huge asset" to the broader region, and send a message to national and international business and investors.
Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow wished Mr Iwasaki well in his bid; a view echoed by Rockhampton Airport chair, Cr Neil Fisher.
Cr Fisher said he would be the "first to knock at Mr Iwasaki's door" to see how they could work together for mutual benefit.