$20k to fix safety issues at airport
TWO safety issues at the Grafton Regional Airport could cost almost $20,000 to fix.
A wide-ranging general manager’s report to the full meeting of Clarence Valley Council in Grafton tomorrow will ask councillors to approve a budget variation to remedy the problems.
A Civil Aviation Safety Authority audit of the airport in November uncovered two potential safety problems, which required works to remedy.
One was a number of redundant concrete pads from the old lighting system which are on the runway area.
Council staff have estimated the cost of their removal at $14,900.
The CASA inspection also found the ground covering a lighting transformer box was sitting more than the allowed 25mm proud of the surface and required flattening, using a small machine to ensure water does not pond in the area. This has been costed at $5000.
The report also brings councillors up to speed on a call for expressions of interest in outsourcing management of the facility
The report notes this would be too costly and instead the council should recruit an airport manager.
The general manager has also recommended the council seek quotes for the development of a master plan for the airport and report these costs to the council at its June meeting.