Air­port short­list slims down to two

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil is mov­ing steadily closer to choos­ing a part­ner to de­velop the air­port at Proser­pine with.

From a short­list of four, two Aus­tralian-based com­pa­nies have now been in­vited to ad­vance to the next stage of the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port de­vel­op­ment project.

Coun­cil’s CEO and gen­eral man­ager com­mer­cial, Scott Wa­ters, said sig­nif­i­cant progress had been made since May 2015, when coun­cil unan­i­mously re­solved to seek ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est (EOI) from the mar­ket.

“Var­i­ous par­ties were in­vited to sub­mit non-bind­ing bids with a view to part­ner­ing with coun­cil to in­vest in, and jointly de­velop, the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port, Bowen Aero­drome and Collinsville Aero­drome,” Mr Wa­ters said.

“Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful EOI process which pro­duced a strong field of po­ten­tial can­di­dates, coun­cil unan­i­mously re­solved in Oc­to­ber 2015 to pro­ceed to re­quest bind­ing bids,” he con­tin­ued.

“All non-bind­ing bids sub­mit­ted by short­listed par­ties have been eval­u­ated, and coun­cil has now in­vited two short­listed par­ties to lodge a bind­ing pro­posal.”

Both short­listed en­ti­ties are Aus­tralian-based com­pa­nies ex­pe­ri­enced in air­port own­er­ship, man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion through­out Aus­tralia.

The next stage of the coun­cil’s Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port de­vel­op­ment project will in­volve ex­ten­sive due dili­gence and ne­go­ti­a­tions to fi­nalise each com­pany’s bind­ing pro­posal.

It will be com­plete by midDe­cem­ber 2015.

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