Col Miller
Col Miller

Urgent meeting over airport leases

AVIATION industry bosses are seeking an urgent meeting with mayor Mick Kruger over the difficulties they are having in getting leases to do business at Maryborough and Hervey Bay airports.

Late on Friday Maryborough Aviation Services’ Col Miller (pictured) emailed the mayor, suggesting Friday, January 22, as the date to meet.

“I would like to request a meeting between yourself, myself and other interested parties to discuss the difficulties in obtaining leases at the Maryborough and Hervey Bay airports.”

Mr Miller, who has been trying to get a long-term lease for more than a decade to run his aviation maintenance business at Maryborough, said Ian Kelly, Gerry Geltch, Glen and Perry McNeil, Russell Middleton and Peter Henderson would probably also want to meet with Mr Kruger.

Ian Kelly is Qantas pilot Perry McNeil’s Brisbane solicitor; Gerry Geltch is the proprietor of Air Fraser Island, based in Hervey Bay; Russell Middleton, a recreation flight trainer, and Peter Henderson, wanting to set up a charter operation, are also fighting for leases.

Mr Henderson said he was confused because he had met with State Government people who said they were promoting the region as “an emerging centre for general aviation”. “But in fact the council isn’t and maybe it hasn’t yet told the government of its stance on aviation enterprises on the Fraser Coast.”

Yesterday councillor Gerard O’Connell said it would be a good move to develop a number of special and related aviation precincts at Maryborough airport.



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