Airport feasibility under scrutiny
IT WILL be interesting to see the feasibility study and master plan for the proposed international airport at Proserpine that Mayor Jennifer Whitney stated had recently been completed.
When I asked to see the completed documents, I was advised the feasibility study and master plan were in fact, not completed and not available.
I think we should look at the big picture and not have tunnel vision about being an international airport, which all sounds great but at what cost and with what benefit.
Most international flights regularly carrying in excess of 500 passengers.
To process this many international travellers arriving at the same time, there would have to be a large number of people and facilities at enormous expense. Given that Australia is a distant destination for most international travellers, one would expect that passengers making the trip to Australia would not just be coming to the Whitsundays and going back home without seeing other parts of the country.
With flights from Brisbane to the Whitsundays for less than $100, is the enormous cost just to call ourselves “international” really worth it? Who will actually benefit from these international flights and how much benefit would will we get over and above what we would expect to get from international visitors anyway?
I can only hope council is looking at the big picture and have the ability to look outside the square when making a decision to spend tens of millions on their international venture. Rogin Taylor Conway