Last year in early 2017 the Central Coast Airport Review, a comprehensive report commissioned by the former Wyong Council (prior to amalgamation with Gosford Council), clearly shows the financial and social benefits for such infrastructure to be pursued and implemented at Warnervale Airport.
Central Coast Council has voted down the displaying of the report to the Central Coast constituents, in order to seek public review and comment, even though they spent $450,000 to have the report compiled. YCCAA supports the first five parts of the comprehensive report, as this does not breach the Warnervale Airport Restriction Act (WAR Act), and providing Council supports the report, the further development of an Aviation Business (Hub) Park.
Given the pressure that will be placed on Bankstown Airport once the Badgerys Creek Airport opens, makes the Warnervale site perfectly placed, in our opinion, to provide a base for aviation based ancillary goods and services for the General Aviation industry. Warnervale Airport is easily accessible to the M1 (two minutes drive) and by Rail (five minutes), which make it a perfect location.
Amphibious Aerospace Industries Pty Ltd (AAI) is the current lessee and has a $100 million investment, employing 300+ people. In summary, we believe that up to $600 million in investment can be generated at Warnervale Airport, once the flow-on effect of employment reaches out to other areas within the Central Coast. Even Ben Morgan, CEO of AOPA Australia, has indicated that he would be keen to relocate the Association’s operations to Warnervale, should the development proceed. The Central Coast Aero Club owns just under three hectares of land at the airport upon which sits the Hangars, Club House and other improvements. The Aero Club has an agreement/licence with Council to operate on the Council Aerodrome precinct until mid-2021. As this agreement has not been renewed, with lack of transparency being exhibited with Council, this at this stage, puts the future of the Aero Club and the Airport is under cloud along the Investment and Employment opportunities that the development of the current airport site offers until this agreement/license to operate is renewed with a substantial term.
What is not shown in the report, is that Expressions of Interest were sought and the Council received 137 enquiries; of these 35 requested MOU’s and of those, 17 executed non-binding MOU’s stating that they would move to Warnervale upon approval. This information was released by Council eventually, after considerable pressure was applied on them to be transparent! YCCAA understands that after the first few MOU’s had committed, other businesses have shown further interest. The Your Central Coast Airport Association has been incorporated to assist and encourage the development and establishment of a General Aviation Business Aviation (hub) Park for the Central Coast region, and more importantly, oppose the recalcitrant Councillor’s push to shut down the airport. With the region having one of the highest Youth unemployment areas in Australia (17%), we believe this to be an excellent opportunity to put a large dent in that reputation.
YCCA is campaigning for the Central Coast Council to be transparent with the community. We want to know why they are refusing to release the report to the public and why they aren’t supporting job creation in aviation, on the Central Coast.
John Codrington - Chairman of Your Central Coast Airport Association