Avi­a­tion anx­i­ety

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith Let us know what you think and send a let­ter to the ed­i­tor to ge­orge.smith@cnbtimes.com.au.

MONTO res­i­dents feel their aero­drome has been over­looked.

In re­sponse to the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Strate­gic Air­port Con­cept Plan re­leased late last year, Monto res­i­dent and fly­ing en­thu­si­ast John McEl­roy said the fa­cil­i­ties at Monto re­quired the least amount of money for im­prove­ments.

Mr McEl­roy said he vis­ited other North Bur­nett aero­dromes and, apart from fuel and up­grad­ing the ter­mi­nal, Monto fa­cil­i­ties were sit­u­ated well.

He said he had lit­tle praise for the report on avi­a­tion in the re­gion. “I think it is a white­wash,” he said. “It is very un­bal­anced and other towns need a bet­ter deal.

“I have no prob­lem with Gayn­dah hav­ing an avi­a­tion park, but to make it a re­gional hub would come at the ex­pense of other towns in the re­gion.”

But Mayor Don Waugh dis­missed any claims of bias in the report.

He said noth­ing was locked in as the re­gion still needed to find ac­tiv­i­ties to gen­er­ate greater us­age of avi­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties in each town.

“The work to be done is still up for grabs and I can’t see much hap­pen­ing soon as we need fuel and us­age, such as fly-in, fly-out,” CrWaugh said.

“The plan was put to­gether for when any money is avail­able for devel­op­ment. I would like to see Monto and Mun­dub­bera have GPS nav­i­ga­tion, for ex­am­ple.” The coun­cil will hold a stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 7 at Mun­dub­bera.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

READY TO FLY: Has Monto been over­looked in plans for the fu­ture of avi­a­tion in the North Bur­nett?

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