MILLION DOLLAR INJECTION INTO NORTHERN CENTRAL COAST ECONOMY
OUR CAMPAIGN FOR CENTRAL COAST JOBS
Your Central Coast Airport Association (YCCAA) was created to protect Warnervale Airport and encourage our politicians to understand that this vital piece of regional infrastructure, is much more than just an airport. This development project is an integrated aviation, manufacturing, research and education precinct.
A report was published by Central Coast Council, outlining the benefits of the expansion to the airport to include an aviation park – creating over 1000 jobs and attracting business within the Central Coast area.
Unfortunately, after the Central Coast Council spent $450,000 of ratepayers’ money, on the report, they are refusing to inform the public about the Aviation Park’s benefits to the community. That’s where Your Central Coast Airport Association steps in. We believe in transparency and our Council having a vision for the future of the Central Coast. We want to create employment for future generations, while maintaining environmental protection in the area.
"The AOPA Australia believes that the Central Coast Airport could become one of Australia’s most important general aviation hubs, providing a viable alternative for businesses seeking to escape the overpriced and unsustainable leasing environments at Bankstown and Camden airports.
With a youth unemployment rate of 17%, the highest in Australia, the AOPA Australia is encouraging Mayor Jane Smith and all of the Central Coast Councillors to consider the futures of the those unemployed in the region by unlocking the job creation and education training potential that the Coast Airport can provide.
Let’s build a stronger, brighter and better future, one where the Central Coast becomes a general aviation leader."
WHAT IS CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL HIDING FROM RESIDENTS?
Your Central Coast Airport Association is campaigning for Central Coast Council to release the Warnervale Airport Expansion Plan to the public, so that the benefits of the proposed Aviation Park can be understood by the community.
It is estimated that approximately 950 jobs will be created on-site at the Warnervale Airport, within five years, once the Aviation Park is created. These jobs will include refurbishing and manufacturing of aircraft & pilot training, aircraft maintenance, instrument repair and replacement services, aeronautical fabrication and the list continues, with apprenticeships and high skill occupations adding to the value of the region. YCCAA believe that the flow-on effect from businesses operating at the Aviation Park, will further enhance up to another 6000 jobs and businesses to provide long term tenure and security for the residents in the Central Coast region and with youth unemployment & welfare at a high in the area, we are urging the Central Coast Council to understand the opportunities which will be created.
No Noisy Jet Aircraft
Contrary to the lies and rumours circulating within the community, the Central Coast Airport will not accommodate loud Airline Passenger Jet aircraft such as those operated by Virgin Airlines / QANTAS / Jetstar, so the Central Coast community can be assured that the area will remain peaceful as a General Aviation Airport. YCCAA supports the Warnervale Airport Restrictions (WAR) Act, and there is absolutely NO reason to breach those conditions. Major Australian General Aviation Aerodromes Runway lengths such as Bankstown (1,476 meters) Moorabbin (1,335 metres), Archerfield (1,481 metres), Parafield (1,350 metres), Jandakot (1,332 metres) are similar lengths (Warnervale 1,194 meters) which further supports and evidences that a Runway Extension is not needed nor required. Furthermore, it is not financially viable for Regular Public Transport Airline companies to operate Passenger jet aircraft at Warnervale because of the small population of the Central Coast Region (would need a population of 600,000+) and due also to the proximity of Newcastle, Sydney and Badgerys Creek Airport. There will be made available elsewhere on this site the performance criteria of every Airline Passenger Jet Aircraft operated by major Australian Airlines which will clearly show why Passenger Jet Airline Aircraft operating from the Warnervale Aerodrome is clearly a figment of the Anti-Airport Groups imagination and a complete distortion of the facts, scaremongering and finally, a MYTH!
Formerly, Newcastle University ran aviation courses for their students and YCCAA would love to partner with the university, to reestablish these degrees and courses. Virgin Australia also has expressed interest in participating in activities at Warnervale Airport, especially to promote women seeking a career in aviation.
The Central Coast Council has already received 137 expressions of interest from businesses who will relocate to Warnervale Airport, once the General Aviation Business Park development is confirmed and established. With Badgerys Creek opening, pressure will be put onto Bankstown Airport and already aviation businesses are looking at other locations to operate from - the Central Coast is their preferred and only option in many cases. Central Coast Council has issued 35 MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) and have received 17 back signed. We know more commitments from aeronautical businesses will be received once the Council commits to the development of the Central Coast Airport Business Park. Mike Dowling, Infrastructure Director for the Central Coast Council publicly stated in the Council meeting November 2017 that in the last five years there has been NO expressions of interest received from any major employers wanting to relocate their business operations to the Central Coast and no enquiries received for the foreseeable future. In February 2018 he announced the 137 expressions of interest from businesses wanting to migrate to the Central Coast because of the proposed Airport Business Park! This is a remarkable opportunity that has been created!
As responsible corporate entities, under law, YCCAA and any businesses operating at Warnervale Airport will commit to the protection of the environment, to ensure that it is maintained for our future generations. Environmental protection guidelines are also incorporated into the Central Coast Council report, on the Aviation Park plan.
Boost to Economy
YCCAA views the allocation of ratepayer’s funds to see the Central Coast Airport Business Aviation Park open, as a beneficial investment into the Central Coast Community. Investing in infrastructure will give a return of substantial employment and will stimulate the whole local economy by at least $70 million annually, with money flowing to other businesses in the region, including hotels, housing, restaurants, retailers and trade services. Add to this, increase tourism opportunities, attraction of other business operations and the list goes on.
CENTRAL COAST COUNCILLORS WHO SUPPORT THE PUBLIC RELEASE OF THE AIRPORT REPORT, FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Deputy Mayor Chris Holstein (IND)
Councillor Greg Best (IND)
Councillor Bruce McLaughan (IND)
Councillor Troy Marquart (LIB)
Councillor Rebecca Gail Collins (LIB)
Councillor Jilly Pillon (LIB)
Councillor Chris Burke (LIB)
Your Central Coast Airport Association thanks the above Councillors for their willingness to operate a transparent Council and for taking the time to understand that future opportunities that this expansion project will bring to the Central Coast. To uphold transparency and accountability in local government, Your Central Coast Airport Association will continue to work with Mayor Jane Smith (CEN Group), Councillors Greenway (GREEN), Kyle MacGregor (LAB), Doug Vincent (LAB), Jillian Hogan (LAB), Lisa Matthews (LAB), Richard Mehrtens (LAB) & Jeff Sundstrom (LAB) to have them understand that the public should be informed, especially when $450,000 of their money was spent.
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