The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia has been invited to meet with the Scenic Rim Regional Council – Thursday, 3rd October – by Mayor Cr Greg Christensen, to discuss concerns with the operation and future of Boonah Airfield, located on the south western skirts of the Queensland township.
The Scenic Rim Regional Council owns the airfield land, which is leased to the private company Boonah Aviation Incorporated, with relations between the council and the airfield operator breaking down.
BAI President, Brian Melbourne expressed his concern to the Beaudesert Times; “…council has made it clear it wants to get rid of the airfield altogether… this airfield is the only council-owned landing area in the Scenic Rim. It was used as a refueling station for the Queensland Fire Emergency Services for water bomb helicopter for 10 days straight during the recent bush fires and is also used by Medivac chopper,” he said.
Mayor Greg Christensen; “Council has an obligation on any of it’s leased land to ensure that the lease holders are meeting their obligations to safety and legislative compliance, particularly where breaches result in a risk to the safety of members of the public and private assets.”
AOPA Australia will travel to meet with the Scenic Rim Regional Council on Thursday the 3rd October 2019.
“I would like to thank Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor, Cr Greg Christiensen, for reaching out to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia, inviting our participation in helping resolve the Boonah Airfield concerns, ” Benjamin Morgan, Executive Director.
“It is important that a strong working relationship exist between council and the local aviation community, AOPA Australia is looking forward to better understanding council concerns with a view towards resolving these matters, so as to protect the future of the airport and it’s operations for the community.”
“Boonah Airfield is a valuable community infrastructure asset that facilitates critical disaster relief aviation services, such as aerial firefighting in times of need. The airfield is also a centre for general aviation, sport and recreational flying, which provides technical trade employment opportunities for the region.” he said.