Ten­ants fu­ri­ous at EIS change

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

to halve the size of the ex­ist­ing Sun­shine Coast Air­port run­way would de­stroy the abil­ity to of­fer an op­er­a­tionally diver­si­fied aero­space and avi­a­tion en­vi­ron­ment to sup­port the re­gion’s growth for the next half-cen­tury.

Sun­shine Coast Re­gional Air­port Ten­ants As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers said re­duc­tion of the run­way’s length to 800m would ren­der it us­able only for sports and light air­craft.

Mean­while, Mud­jimba Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion has ques­tioned what it con­sid­ered a con­flict of in­ter­est in Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil be­ing the ap­pi­tal, prov­ing au­thor­ity for the air­port mas­ter plan.

The as­so­ci­a­tion would pre­fer ap­proval to be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a State Gov­ern­ment.

It also re­mained con­cerned at the lack of de­tail about the 99-year lease agree­ment be­tween the coun­cil and Pal­isade. It met last week with the Co-or­di­na­tor Gen­eral to ad­dress is­sues of con­cern about what it sees as sig­nif­i­cant changes to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment and Ad­di­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment. Pres­i­dent Mar­tin Peel­grane said the 175m shift in the south­east thresh­old of the new run­way might ap­pear to pro­vide some mit­i­ga­tion of the ad­verse noise im­pact on prop­er­ties in Mud­jimba.

How­ever, he said the pro­posed ex­ten­sion of the run­way about 400m to the south­east would per­mit planes to take off to the north­west un­der full thrust, from a point 400m closer to Mud­jimba than the re­lo­cated thresh­old.

SCRATA spokesman Joe McAlin­den (pic­tured) said the sin­gle-run­way con­fig­u­ra­tion now be­ing planned would ar­guably be op­er­a­tionally less su­pe­rior than the two-run­way con­fig­u­ra­tion.

“The cur­rent run­way 18/36 is owned by the com­mu­nity, has no debt at­tached to it and is a com­mu­nity-owned as­set much the same as a park, hosPLANS school or li­brary,” Mr McAlin­den said.

“The ad­vice given to the Mayor and Crs Dwyer and Robin­son 10 days ago ap­pears to be a con­ve­nient at­tempt to cover up de­ci­sions that were made be­hind closed doors a long time ago, at least dat­ing back to Jan­uary 2017 but likely be­fore then.”

He said the de­ci­sion would also cause ad­di­tional cost for flight-crew train­ing be­cause it was out­side their ex­pe­ri­ence of Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dure.

“The like­li­hood of Code E air­craft ever op­er­at­ing at Sun­shine Coast Air­port is so small that it is prob­a­bly im­mea­sur­able,” Mr McAlin­den said.

“This air­craft type will more likely op­er­ate at Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional Air­port.”

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