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1973 Wyong Shire Council (WSC) ignores objection from Planning Department and builds an aerodrome at Warnervale (1)

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.

2001 NSW government refuses WSC application for 1600m runway and decides 1200m runway position (2)

2003 Mayor Best and WSC GM agree with Airport Action Group to develop airport for industrial use and not proceed with Regional Airport (2a)

2008 Airport not recommended for retention, zoned industrial to address land shortage in WEZ Study (3)

2008 WSC does deal with Mirvac to develop airport as industrial estate, Aeroclub to go to Belmont (3a)

2013 WSC’s Warnervale Airport Feasibility Study recommends industrial development of airport (4)

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

2013 WSC’s SGS Economics study found land for Warnervale Airport could provide 626 jobs if serviced as Industrial Land (5)

2013 Kiar land; 2,600m airport approved by WSC

2013 LEP comment-no capacity to upgrade WVA. (6)

2014 Kiar site and offset land purchased from Terrace Tower Group for $17m. When NSW VG says it is worth only $7.5m. No independent valuation carried out by WSC.

2014 CC Regional Plan Discussion Paper includes Regional Airport at WSC request.

2014 December WSC applies to NSW government for $26m in funding to begin industrial development of “Old Airport” site at Warnervale (7)

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.

2015 Nov, WSC drop Kiar Airport site, approve a $48m Warnervale 1800m jet airport but fail to exhibit the secret proposal (7a)

2015 Warnervale Airport loses $265,000 and value reduced by $229,000 in 2014/15 financial statement (8)

2016 Planning NSW finds WSC lengthened runway from 970m to 1196m. Movements capped at 88 per day and 10pm to 6.30am curfew now applies. (9)

2016 Planning fines WSC $3,000 for damaging wetland veg during runway extension, orders rehabilitation.

2016 NSW Government announces independent review of WVA ACT, community submissions invited

2016 CCC Administrator requested to withdraw Act repeal request; (9a)

2016 Lake Macquarie Council objects to airport in CC Regional Plan (10)

2016 Newcastle Airport submits to Regional Plan that Central Coast is part of their passenger catchment (11)

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 Warnervale Airport loses $635,000 and devalued by $229,000 in 2015/16 financial statement (12)

2016 Minister approves Central Coast Regional Plan with no airport whatsoever

2016 Lake Macquarie Council requests WVA Act remains and is strengthened (13)

2017 CCC approves stage one AAI hangar, 2,760sqm on 6,862sqm site with potential 26-36 jobs

2017 CCC briefs NSW Cabinet, lobbies for Act repeal, threatens Planning NSW with legal action if curfew and movement restrictions are applied (14)

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 August NSW Planning Minister announces Warnervale Airport Restrictions ACT to be retained (15)

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 Airport loses $921,000 on $11,000 revenue for 13.5 months or just $26/day in 2016/17 financial statement (16)

2017 CCC resolves to stop 1799m airport development, but retain existing runway.

2017 Planning NSW Director Operations CC says “notwithstanding advice that may have been given to Councillors, the Act is in force and remains unchanged” (17)

2017 November Central Coast Aviation Hub Master Plan:

  • Attachment 8 page 189, to70 Intended 1799m airport has 18,366 properties N65 noise affected (18), about 45,000 residents, with 40-B737 flights per day by 2030 (19).
  • Approximately 80ha of SEPP 14 and E2 environmental Conservation land to be cleared including WEZ designated fauna corridors, trees south and north of runway to go for 1198m operations (20)
  • Stage 2 requires new runway and airport to be constructed. Operations can not be expanded within 88 movement cap, runway too short for most RPT aircraft, Aero Club to get new HQ (21)
  • Stage 2 runway extends 80m south making 1276m runway. Runway 1498m long with 150m of RESA at each end. (documents say 240m RESA plan scales at 150m RESA)
  • N65 noise contour 30km long and up to 5km wide. From Ourimbah to Lake Macquarie, Wyong and Warnervale to Jilliby. (22,23)
  • CAPA instructed to ignore Act (24)
  • Sydney 2nd Airport assumptions Book has average development time at 11 years (25)
  • Attachment 11 page 12, tpg New works would trigger Act restrictions, contrary to Staff advice.(26)
  • Attachment 11 page 24, tpg No public consultation until Stage 6 of development process, contrary to Staff recommendation and advice.(27)
  • Attachment 5 page 35, to70 Bankstown Airport will operate as presently, contrary to Staff and Aero Club advice.(28)
  • CAPA primary passenger catchment goes to top of Lake Macquarie, secondary catchment to northern Sydney. (29)
  • Expansion capex Stage 1 $40m including land, Stage 2 $95m, Stage 5 $350m, Stage 7 $400m. (30)

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.
2018 Lake Macquarie City Council writes to Central Coast Council expressing concern over proposed airport expansion. (31)
2018 Complaint made to CASA re non compliance with ALA Guidelines (32)
2018 Information given to CEO re runway length maximum of 970m prior to extension in August 2017 (33)
2018 CASA to approach Council and aircraft operators to remind them of ALA obligations (34)

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