“It’s vital that we attend the meeting to represent our national membership and the broader aviation community,” said AOPA Australia Executive Director, Benjamin Morgan. “Airports require strong support from general aviation bodies and AOPA will be working to safeguard the stakeholder engagement. The Katoomba airfield has the opportunity to become a leading eco-aviation resource, one that can demonstrate a sustainable balance between the noise and pollution reduction while benefitting the community.”
The airfield lease proposal is on public exhibition until August 4 on the department’s website at www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands/public/on-exhibition where details can be found on how to make a submission.
Katoomba Airfield has operated since the late 1960s under successive leases and when the last lease ended in October 2017 the Department of Industry held an expression of interest process which identified FlyBlue Management Pty Ltd as a preferred new leaseholder.
Any new lease would require the development of built-in safeguards to ensure land and environmental management. This would include designated flight paths, access for emergency services including the Rural Fire Service, and restrictions on short duration joy flights, operating times, types of aircraft using the airfield, and aircraft noise.
All interested members of the public and stakeholders are also invited to attend information sessions which will be held from 11am-1pm and 5-7pm on Wednesday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 25.