Some coun­cil­lors unaware of run­way change

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

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.

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