A cat­a­lyst for growth

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A fea­si­bil­ity study is be­ing con­ducted into a pro­posed air­field up­grade project in Gra­ham­stown. The Ca­cadu Devel­op­ment Agency (CDA), who ap­proached Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity about the scheme, be­lieve it would un­lock the air­field for in­vest­ment and lift Makana's econ­omy. The draft plan (above), from the con­cept doc­u­ment, is one of three such eco­nomic cat­a­lysts iden­ti­fied at the Lo­cal Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment port­fo­lio com­mit­tee meet­ing on Tues­day 22 November along­side the Cre­ative City and Waste to En­ergy projects.

Ac­cord­ing to the progress re­port the pro­posal is to up­grade the ex­ist­ing air­port into a small re­gional com­mer­cial air­port, in­te­grated with a light in­dus­trial park, tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion hub and a res­i­den­tial air park. The cur­rent air­field would need to be up­graded to ac­com­mo­date larger air­craft, tak­ing off and land­ing more fre­quently. A project steer­ing com­mit­tee has been es­tab­lished that in­cludes mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and CDA rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“The lay­out plan for the devel­op­ment is be­ing pre­pared and fund­ing for the fea­si­bil­ity, and En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact Assess­ment is be­ing sourced by the CDA,” the progress re­port states.

The pro­posed in­te­grated devel­op­ment is sep­a­rate from the pro­posed mixed-use devel­op­ment pro­posed for the for­mer golf course as part of the Bel­mont Devel­op­ment Com­pany’s plans, of­fi­cials clar­i­fied.

– Sue Maclennan

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