EDIT RIAL Last chance - have your say on aero­drome sale

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

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.

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