Two Bellvista Community Association Committee Members will be attending a Caloundra Airport Forum Meeting this evening at SCRC Offices in Caloundra. This group has not met for over 12 months. BeCA welcomes the opportunity to again attend these meetings. A report on tonight’s Airport Forum Meeting will posted on this website (see above).
from the Caloundra Aerodrome Users Group (CAUG)
CAUG consists of the commercial leaseholders at Caloundra Aerodrome,
the businesses, their 240 employees, and other stakeholders.
CAUG has carefully considered both the Draft Caloundra Aerodrome Business Strategy (December 2011), and the Draft Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan (July 2012), as prepared by Sunshine Coast Airport. It is the opinion of CAUG that both documents, if adopted by Council, will bring unnecessary and adverse impacts upon aerodrome stakeholders and the wider community. Written submissions regarding both documents have been provided to relevant Councillors. This course of action becoming necessary following difficulties with communicating with officers from Sunshine Coast Airport.
Both documents focus heavily upon massive increases in flight activity. CAUG has consistently argued that Caloundra Aerodrome should be expanded with the least increase in flight activity as is possible. The Draft Master Plan envisages a 50% lengthening of the north-south runway. This would result in it being open to larger, heavier, and noisier fixed-wing aircraft, CAUG has never sought an extension in runway length.
There are numerous general aviation businesses that don’t require direct access to a runway, nor do they conduct flight activity. The Draft Master Plan does not include one landside lease area that would be available to them. A significant proportion of the current business activity at Caloundra Aerodrome does not contribute heavily to the flight activity. Those are the types of businesses that should be focussed on in any expansion plan. Not on those that have high levels of flight activity and require a longer runway.
Both documents, if adopted by Council, will impose significant financial burdens upon the aerodrome stakeholders and the wider community. It is unnecessary. There are added concerns over safety issues identified by experienced general aviation operators. CAUG, jointly with many others, has long advocated the creation of a dedicated Emergency Services Helipad at Caloundra Aerodrome. This has still not been addressed. Nor has the repositioning of the fuel farm to a safer area.
It is the stated position of CAUG that the expansion of Caloundra Aerodrome must proceed in a manner that brings the greatest benefit to the community and the aerodrome stakeholders with the least impact upon the community. Both the documents prepared by Sunshine Coast Airport are focused on resulting in the opposite. Accordingly CAUG do not endorse either the Draft Caloundra Aerodrome Business Strategy or the Draft Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan as prepared by Sunshine Coast Airport.
Relevant Councillors have requested CAUG prepare plans and provide details regarding a better future for Caloundra Aerodrome and the community, Following their presentation to the Councillors they will be made available to other interested parties.
Caloundra Aerodrome Users Group