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