Future-proofing St George Airport
AFTER public consultation, Balonne Shire Council has come back with an airport masterplan that will permit for future demand in the aerospace.
At the most recent council meeting, the adoption of the Airport Master Plan 2019 - a strategic plan for future development of the St George Aerodrome - was carried unanimously.
Mayor Richard Marsh said the objective was to future-proof the airport.
"The masterplan does not build anything,” Cr Marsh said.
"It gives a current indication of the direction the council will take, subject to there being no other factors in the future.
"We are not predicting anything but we are just making the opportunity to have a plan there that can be used if the demand permits.”
The Airport Master Plan has been out for public consultation for the past couple of months, with 39 submissions initially received and councillor workshops held.
The final draft was readvertised to encourage community feedback and overall the masterplan was developed to look at short-term and long-term planning.
Cr Marsh said the submissions touched on various matters.
"They covered issues such as demand for hangar space, demand for industrial land, demand for particular airside requirements such as taxiways and location for building proposals,” he said.
"We made provisions for a hangar space for those who are interested in storing the aeroplane, a proposal for a new terminal, access airside through specific points and an improved taxiway where planes can land, run to the end of the strip and go onto the taxiway, clearing the way for the main strip.”