Aerodrome sale process continues
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.