Council to call on State for more information on aerodrome options
  • Friday 28 November 2008

Further community consultation, more information and a Sunshine Coast delegation to Queensland’s Deputy Premier will be recommended to the Sunshine Coast Council Ordinary meeting when it meets next week to discuss a report on the future of the Caloundra aerodrome.

Council’s Strategy and Planning committee made the recommendations yesterday after reviewing and supporting a council report and Response Paper responding to the Queensland Department of Infrastructure and Planning’s Caloundra and Caboolture Aerodrome Replacement Study.

The Study, which was open for community comment until mid-November, identifies five potential aerodrome sites within the Caboolture- Sunshine Coast corridor for a new general aviation facility to replace the current Caloundra aerodrome.

Division 1 Councillor, Anna Grosskreutz, said council staff had drafted a response paper which provided a preliminary review of the five potential aerodrome sites including areas at Bells Creek Road, Coochin Creek and Johnston Road.

“Council’s response paper reviews the study and the three Sunshine Coast site options but we cannot support any one of them because of the lack of information,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“We are very concerned that the study does not provide enough information about the potential sites in terms of environmental impact or the economic impact of relocating the current aerodrome.

“Not only does this council require much more information before it can support or not support any option identified by the study but it also wants to ensure that the community is properly consulted.

“This study is one of a range of issues and projects being run by the State that we need to have more discussion about – I am very keen for a council delegation to meet with the Minister to pursue this and the committee supported a recommendation for this to happen as we go forward.

“It will now be up to the full council at next week’s Ordinary meeting to support yesterday’s recommendations.”

The recommendations will be considered by the full Council at its Ordinary meeting on Thursday 4 December at the Tewantin office.