EDIT RIAL Last chance - have your say on aerodrome sale
The community have until next Thursday to provide feedback on the proposed sale by Moira Shire Council of the public owned Yarrawonga Aerodrome.
The aerodrome land is adjacent to freehold land precinct with almost 50 allotments with direct airside access as well as including residential occupants and a range of aviation businesses involved in aviation training, manufacturing and servicing.
Council have acknowledged that regional aviation is rapidly changing and believes the airport would progress and develop more positively through private ownership, providing a quicker response to business opportunities.
But it is important to note that the aerodrome sits on 111.86 hectares of prime land, situated on the fringe of the town’s ever expanding residential areas.
Its current model has attracted further business and jobs in the town and provides an important emergency and tourism connection to the community.
There have been concerns from current businesses operating at the site that if a new aerodrome owner failed to successfully run the facility as a going concern they may be eventually be forced to close the runway and even sell the land off for residential use.
However Moira Shire CEO Mark Henderson said the legal agreements on the title that the current private owners and council have entered into and the zoning of the land as an aerodrome prevents it being closed and developed for residential use.
He said any future sale contract would have a comprehensive set of special conditions to ensure continued aviation and emergency access.
Members of the community can provide their feedback to council by lodging a submission online, by mail or at the council’s service centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga. Submissions must be received by 5pm Thursday, October 11, 2018.
If required, a Committee of Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 31 at the Yarrawonga Town Hall to hear any person who indicated they wish to be heard in support of their written submission.
A decision on the proposed sale is planned to be made at the December 12 Ordinary Council Meeting. All submissions will be available at the meeting and on public display for 12 months. If council proceeds with the proposal to sell the aerodrome a separate and subsequent public sale process is required.