Four BeCA Management Committee members attended The Caloundra Airport Masterplan Community Meeting held at the airport on Wednesday afternoon Aug 3rd. Another BeCA member was in attendance. There were about 20 people present including representatives for the Masterplan Team, several lease holders, Cr Tim Dwyer and representatives of some local community organisations.
A presentation of the Masterplan was made similar to the one at the BeCA AGM.
The Masterplan is the plan of a SCRC team for future development of Caloundra Airport. It is probably a best case scenario on what the airport could be from the viewpoint of “Airport Management”. The Masterplan is being discussed with various local interest groups before going to the SCRC for its final say.
The current suggested Masterplan includes the extension of the north south runway which would then run parallel to the proposed Bellvista II and the rearrangement of some lease areas and extensions to provide for improved and larger facilities for Airport Industries. This would result in the doubling of current aircraft movements by 2030. Expansion is limited by the surrounding land usage and some native fauna and flora areas.
Three Airport Industries outlined their preferences to have their leases renewed and their facilities increased to enable expansion. The three industries to give presentations were Aircraft Maintenance Services, The Curry Kenny Group and The Caloundra Airport Museum. The first two business sought larger premises to operate from and to expand their maintenance and aircraft services abilities. One of the subsidiaries of the Curry Kenny Group is “Chopperline”.
The Airport Museum wanted to double its size and become the largest Aircraft Museum in Australia catering for WWII aircraft.
Bellvista II has yet to be formally approved by the ULDA but Stockland were hopeful approval would be available very shortly. It was admitted that approval by the ULDA of Bellvista II would require a rethink on some aspects of the Caloundra Airport Masterplan.
Discussion was lively. Many of the current lessees could be severely disadvantaged by leases not being confirmed until 2012. As their current buildings were built by current lease holders on government land, a failure to renew their lease would mean either ‘removing’ their buildings at their own expense or leaving them there for use by the successful tenderer. This has lowered one tenant’s hangar value he built at a cost of 1.2 million dollars to a value of less than $200,000.
BeCA spoke strongly on the problems caused to residents by Chopperline and its behaviour over residential areas. The return argument was “you bought near an airport and helicopters play a major role in the operation of any airport”. Cr Tim Dwyer said any comments made to Bellvista land buyers that the Airport was due to close in 2014 were made by developers and not by the SCRC.
Community representative “Mick” Graham has had experience with a similar issue interstate and he believed the approval of Bellvista II would sound the death knell of Caloundra Airport. He is a strong supporter of the Caloundra Airport being relocated, an issue he believed was ‘back on the table’ in light of the current economic climate.
Consultation will continue around the Sunshine Coast until the Masterplan is presented to Council for final approval.
Following SCRC approval, leases will be put out to tender and successful applicants will be notified early 2012.
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