Aviation development in region
IWAS in Gayndah, only because I stayed for three days over Christmas in the Burnett area with friends with a strip and an RAAus aircraft.
I met these people as I am a recreational pilot. I was driving through Gayndah onmy way north to meet other people I have met through flying. I stopped at a local motel and have already bought fuel, food, bought goods and postage from the post office, the seafood shop, newsagent and organic store (about $300 so far).
I bought the Central and Burnett Times specifically to read the article about aviation.
I belong to various clubs from Redcliffe, Caboolture, Gympie, Watts Bridge, Clifton and South Burnett.
I go to as many fly-ins as I can throughout the year, whether I fly or drive there. I have been involved in recreational aviation for over 12 years now. Whenever I go to a town, I make a point of not bringing food, or petrol from Brisbane, but to spend as much as I can at the local stores. This could be $100–$300 or more depending on the length of stay.
When Natfly, the main RAAus Fly-in, was moved from Narromine to Temora, I was surprised at the involvement the local people from Temora had in the event.
With welcoming banners across the main street, to local clubs manning food outlets on the field and a representation by the council promoting the area.
The first event was held in the midst of that destructive drought where nearby towns had all but closed down.
Temora has a bustling economy with much focus on events throughout the year based at the airfield. I spoke to council representatives and locals that expressed their gratitude of the foresight of the councillors who had made that leap of faith.
My only regret is of the greed of people in Brisbane and at other areas on the coast who seem hell-bent on making the cost of aviation so expensive at fields like Archerfield, to close these essential aviation bases down for further industry and housing.
Redcliffe, Caboolture, Caloundra have absorbed some of the overflow from Archerfield, but the one now-too-huge council controlling these three airfields has slowly recognised they will not be able to close any of these facilities, without unaffordable compensation payments.
These airfields have all but run out of hangarage and costs are consequently increasing to levels only afforded by the very wealthy, making it almost impossible to own your aircraft in these areas.
Areas such as Evans Heads are being forced out by greedy developers.
By offering cheaper hangarage or even housing blocks adjoining the airport, could bring permament residents.
Or offering aviation related businesses, premises that could be used as a viable alternative to Archerfield would be a good direction.
Encouraging and supporting flying groups by perhaps offering a club and a basic training facility, and basic camping, shower and toilet facilities, is a great start as well as having Av Gas and Mo Gas on the field for the various aircraft and lighting for night activity if that is not already there.