The continued operation of the airport, is costing a lot of money and represents a substantial risk to council for no benefit;
All these costs are borne by council with no return to ratepayers. This wastage needs needs to be stopped.
Risk to council include:
The Central Coast is well serviced with major airports having 3 within one hour travelling:
Click on links to view attached documentation:
1995 WSC ignores community protests and signs agreement with Traders Finance to build 1800m Warnervale jet airport
1995 Community take WSC to Land and Environment Court to have airport properly considered, lose action
1996 Australian Aviation magazine says airport to take Boeing 747’s, statement retracted in March 1996.(1a)
1996 WSC Mayor Eaton pursues Airport Action Group president Jorg Breitkopf for $60,000 court costs
1996 NSW government responds to community protests and enacts Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act (ACT) imposing a 10pm to 6.30am curfew and 88 aircraft movement per day limit on the airport if extended
1998 WSC makes one off application for 1600m runway under ACT
1998 NSW Government makes ex gratia payment of $60,000 to Mr Breitkopf paying for legal costs.
2013 2,600m airport included in Wyong LEP. Community protests inclusion asks for removal.
2013 Airport removed from LEP by NSW Government after community protest and meeting m
2013 Kiar 2,600m airport approved by WSC
2014 Kiar site and offset land purchased from Terrace Tower Group for $17m. VG only $7.5m. No independent valuation carried out by WSC. No compulsory acquisition.
2014 CC Regional Plan Discussion Paper includes Regional Airport six times at WSC request.
2015 May, WSC request NSW Planning Minister to repeal ACT
2015 August, WSC builds new 1196m runway at Warnervale under guise of repairing pot holes. WSC deny lengthening runway from 970m to 1196m.
2015 Nov, Regional Airport removed from Draft CC Regional Plan by Planning NSW.
2016 Planning fines WSC $3,000 for damaging wetland veg during runway extension, not rehabilitated
2016 NSW Government announces independent review of WVA ACT, community submissions invited
2016 August, Kiar land put on market EOI’s requested
2016 July, Central Coast Council (CCC) signs confidential 40 year lease agreement for 5 hectares of airport land with Amphibious Aerospace Industries (AAI) to refurbish and build Grumman Albatross aircraft
2016 Express Advocate finds AAI is $120 company that has never built an aircraft and formed only months before the land lease and deed signing.
2016 WSC purchase 140 Sparks Road for $1.8m plus GST.
2016 December 23 AAI hangar DA exhibited with community given 2 weeks to respond over holidays.
2016 CCC approves $6m to be spent on Warnervale Airport in 2016/17 operational plan.
2016 Minister approves Central Coast Regional Plan with no airport whatsoever
2017 CCC approves stage one AAI hangar, 2,760sqm on 6,862sqm site with potential 26-36 jobs
2017 CCC approves another $6m to be spent on Warnervale Airport in 2017/18 operational plan
2017 February AAI apply to lower hangar floor by 500mm. CCC builds 500m flood levee bank and raised road, raises Jack Grant Ave builds 5km chain wire fence around airport.
2017 February CCC DA for 5,000sqm hangar to house Amphibious aircraft. DA withdrawn after 2 weeks
2017 May CCC clears 1.2 Ha of E2 conservation land for AAI roads at 140 Sparks Road.
2017 CCC compulsorily acquiring remaining two Jack Grant Ave properties.
2017 September CCC applies for DA to cover clearing of IN1 and E2 land on 140 Sparks Rd at airport. Application refused.
2017 CCC resolves to stop 1799m airport development, but retain existing runway.
2018 Cr Best third airport rescission motion fails. Transcript of meeting reveals Cr Best does not want to extend or widen runway and does not want to change WAR Act. Public has already been consulted on airport in LEP, Regional Plan and Act review and said NO
The Central Coast Council has passed a motion to permanently protect Porters Creek wetland.
Read the newspaper report of the Mayor’s comments See: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/12/action-taken-to-protect-the-largest-fresh-water-wetland-on-the-central-coast/
For educational resources on the wetland see: http://www.blueplanet.nsw.edu.au/porters-creek-case-study/.aspx