Aero­drome sale process con­tin­ues

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Moira Shire Coun­cil has re­ceived 19 sub­mis­sions dur­ing the feed­back pe­riod for the pro­posed sale of the pub­lic owned Yar­ra­wonga Aero­drome.

Coun­cil have con­firmed that three mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who have pro­vided sub­mis­sions have elected to talk in sup­port of their sub­mis­sion at a Com­mit­tee of Coun­cil Meeting to be held to­day, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 at the Yar­ra­wonga Town Hall.

The aero­drome in­cludes 111.86 hectares of land, a sealed run­way 1200 me­tres length and 45 me­tre width, pi­lot op­er­ated PAL run­way lighting, a ter­mi­nal build­ing and fuel fa­cil­ity.

Coun­cil in­vited sub­mis­sions for a 60-day pe­riod af­ter a pro­posal for a Lo­cal Govern­ment Act pub­lic no­tice of coun­cil’s in­ten­tion was passed at coun­cil’s July or­di­nary meeting.

The aero­drome land is ad­ja­cent to a 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.

Moira Shire Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Mark Henderson said the Yar­ra­wonga Aero­drome has the po­ten­tial to be one of the most suc­cess­ful pri­vately owned and op­er­ated aero­dromes in the re­gion.

“There is plenty of ev­i­dence Yar­ra­wonga can at­tract pri­vate avi­a­tion in­vest­ment,” Mr Henderson said.

“The aero­drome needs to gen­er­ate more ac­tiv­ity and the pri­vate sec­tor is best placed to grow re­gional avi­a­tion and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Ratepay­ers fund a very broad range of fa­cil­i­ties such as swim­ming pools and street lighting where there is no fea­si­ble al­ter­na­tive.

“But when it comes to car­a­van parks and aero­dromes, there is clear pri­vate sec­tor in- ter­est in these types of as­sets and we owe it to ratepay­ers to ex­plore those op­tions.”

Mr Henderson said re­gional avi­a­tion was rapidly chang­ing and the pri­vate own­er­ship of the Yar­ra­wonga Aero­drome could pro­vide quick re­sponses to busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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.

19 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived by coun­cil on the pro­posed sale of the Yar­ra­wonga Aero­drome.

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