Central Coast Airport – What Council is hiding from Coast ratepayers

After almost 30 years in the wilderness the Warnervale (now Central Coast) Airport is back on the agenda, thanks to the Central Coast Council under Administrator Ian Reynolds.
During the period under Administration council took a fresh look at the Airport as an opportunity to create employment growth and drive the economy.
As a precursor Council in 2014 took back management control of the airport from the Aero Club and carried out some much needed works in the interests of safety which included repairs to the airstrip as well as erecting a security fence around the site and carrying out extensive and overdue drainage works.
At the same time Council started work on a Concept Plan engaging aviation and engineering consultants who have carried out extensive studies that, for the first time, provide a total picture of the value of the airport to the Central Coast region.
The completed Concept Plan was presented to the new Central Coast Council at its 27th November 2017 meeting with the recommendation that it be placed on Public Exhibition.
Amazingly however the Independent and Labor Councillors who are opposed to the airport voted not to go public – even though the whole Concept Plan is in the Council Papers. The point being that they do not want to hear what ratepayers think of it for fear it might be a positive outcome.
In summary, the Plan states the Central Coast Aviation Hub will provide an integrated aviation, manufacturing, research and education precinct that encompasses the airport and surrounding land to complement the primary aviation usage. Its development will relieve major general aviation demand across the Greater Sydney Region with opportunities for general aviation, corporate, business and training sectors.
Its development would see a new economic sector for the region stimulating employment and economic activity with growth in skilled and professional jobs of around 109 to 116 new jobs annually and when completed from 700 top 950 jobs onsite.