In­ter­est in Alexan­dra air­port ris­ing

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in­di­ca­tion from coun­cil whether we hang on to the air­port or let it go. I know what I would like to see. I be­lieve it has got a fu­ture but it needs in­vest­ment.’’

Coun­cil­lors ques­tioned the air­port’s abil­ity to be self-fund­ing.

The air­port’s in­come from lease rental was $20,000, but that could in­crease to about $35,000 with rentals from the pro­posed new hangars.

In­come could also be gen­er­ated from sur­round­ing land be­ing leased to farm­ers, and other ven­tures such as drag rac­ing.

‘‘It seems like a lot of money to let rich boys play with their toys,’’ Coun­cil­lor Shirley Calvert said.

Coun­cil property and fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Mike Kerr said it was more about what those people would bring to the area. ‘‘They will be liv­ing here...’’ The coun­cil ap­proval the plan in prin­ci­ple, with the con­di­tion the air­port be­come self-fund­ing.

Tak­ing off: An up­surge in in­ter­est in avi­a­tion cir­cles in the Alexan­dra air­port has prompted coun­cil staff to re­vise a con­cept plan for the air­port.

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