Airport idea takes off
FLYING schools, manufacture, maintenance and retail are just a few of the opportunities said to arise from the new Maryborough Airport Master Plan.
The plan was endorsed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council yesterday, following the Master Plan for Hervey Bay Airport late last year.
"The airport is one of the four major public assets in Maryborough, and should become an important driver for the economy," councillor Gerard O'Connell said.
The purpose of the Master Plan was to set out future investment requirements for the airport, based on its current use and intended future uses.
Along with traditional aviation opportunities, such as maintenance or fly in/fly out charter operations, the plan specified retail outlets and superstores as possible avenues towards economic growth around Maryborough Airport.
The plan was approved following a 60-day public consultation period, which asked for comment on the Airport Aviation Noise Exposure Forecast within the plan.
The only comment received from the public called for the ban of all flying schools on the Fraser Coast; however no changes were made to the plan based on this submission.
The two Master Plans for Maryborough and Hervey Bay would now join together to form the Fraser Coast Airports Master Plan, which Cr O'Connell said would be an important tool to take to state and federal governments as well as prospective investors.
"The Fraser Coast can now start to be seen as a serious aviation centre," he said.
"The Fraser Coast Airport Master Plan provides a clear planning framework for maximising the development of the airports over the next 20 years," Mayor Mick Kruger said.
The Master Plan is available to view on the council's website.