Council looking to lease Warnervale Airport

CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from general aviation, aerospace and associated industry operators seeking to establish or expand their businesses at a proposed new General Aviation Industry Hub at Central Coast Airport (formerly Warnervale Aerodrome).

Opportunities are available for long-term lease of flat, airside, greenfield sites zoned IN1 industrial.

It is envisaged that businesses in aviation education/training, logistics, technology, consulting and service industries will become part of an integrated aviation, education and technology precinct around the Central Coast Airport.

Central Coast Council says it is looking for proposals from operators that demonstrate innovative and forward thinking solutions that will support long-term industry development and jobs growth in the Central Coast region.

Council’s Group Leader, Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mr Mike Dowling, said the timing is right for Council to determine the level of interest in a General Aviation Industry Hub from aviation and associated industries.

“General aviation can operate from Central Coast Airport with its current zoning, and we believe it presents an opportunity for job creation on the Coast,” Mr Dowling said.

“We have already received enquiries from a number of aviation businesses keen to locate at the Airport. This EOI will formally determine the level of industry interest by asking aviation businesses to put their best proposals forward for long-term industry development and jobs growth.

“General aviation is a significant industry representing 65 percent of all aircraft hours in Australia and we are aware there is currently a high demand for airside general aviation leaseholds close to Sydney. This is due to general aviation being squeezed out of the Sydney basin due to macro conditions,” he said.

The EOI responses will be considered in developing a detailed airport Master Plan tailored to support the commercial general aviation and corporate aviation sectors in NSW and where appropriate to individual operators.

Preference will be given to activities and operators who can add value to the future development of the airport as a general aviation industry hub, and provide a stimulus for regional economic development and employment.

Applications close at 2:00pm on Tuesday 16 May 2017. Registration for the EOI is now open at www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/ccairport.

Meanwhile in September last year Council signed a 40-year lease with US aircraft manufacturer, Amphibian Aerospace Industries which plans to build a $100 million aircraft manufacturing facility at Warnervale.

In early March Central Coast Council approved a Development Application (DA) for stage one of a new aircraft manufacturing facility at the airport.

Construction of a new 2760 square metre aircraft hangar to house an office and showroom is expected to progress quickly.

This first stage of development is expected to inject $3 million in the local economy and create around thirty direct jobs.

Amphibian Aerospace Industries, have indicated they are now planning the second stage to include a full aircraft manufacturing facility worth almost $100 million dollars and creating 270 jobs.

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