Some councillors unaware of runway change
COUNCILLORS surveyed by the Sunshine Coast Daily have shown varying degrees of awareness of the fact the north-south runway at Sunshine Coast Airport would be reduced to just 800m.
Mayor Mark Jamieson had previously stated the runway’s future was subject to a master-planning process, the terms of reference of which had not been released.
But a council spokesman said Cr Jamieson and Crs Tim Dwyer and Steve Robinson had been informed at a meeting on October 26 that the southern end of the existing runway would be re-purposed as a taxiway.
Cr Jason O’Pray said he had been informed of the decision on November 1 while Cr Jenny McKay said the first time she had received the information was on Thursday night this week.
Cr Ted Hungerford said his understanding was the decision was part of the master plan and he was waiting for that process to play out.
Cr John Connolly’s feedback on Thursday was that a group from the airport had come to the council two weeks ago and had suggested problems with the runway.
His impression was that they had been clearly told closing the runway was never an option.
“I expect another report to come back,” he said.
Cr Greg Rogerson said he had certainly not been informed and knew nothing about it.
He said in open session on Thursday he had questioned what had occurred and why parking for larger aircraft couldn’t be put to the western side of the terminal.
“They said it couldn’t be done,” Cr Rogerson said. “We put consultants in and don’t understand why we should lose a runway because they can’t get the planes in.”
Cr Christian Dickson’s first knowledge of the change was on Thursday.