Air­port fea­si­bil­ity un­der scru­tiny

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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