Concerned aircraft owners and pilots have reached out for support from AOPA Australia, following news that the Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council intends on introducing new airport fees and charges.
Mark Ellis, Manager Civil Works; “As part of Council’s annual budgetary review, Council has proposed to introduce Landing Fees at the aerodrome… Prior to the adoption of these fees, the Council would like to take the opportunity to meet with users of the aerodrome to discuss the fees.”
“AOPA Australia is genuinely concerned that new fees and charges would significantly disadvantage the local Cootamundra/Gundagai community, by weakening invaluable airport use by the general aviation sectors, ” Benjamin Morgan, AOPA Australia CEO.
“Aircraft owners and pilots support community businesses and enterprise wherever they land. Local cafe’s, restaurants, motels, supermarkets, taxi services, and more all benefit. Visiting aviaiton supports local jobs that keep townships and communities alive and in many remote locations throughout Australia are an essential lifeline.
“AOPA Australia will be urging Council to consider the broader unintended consequences of introducing fees and charges that seek to penalise the aviation industry’s participation and investment in their local community.” he said.
AOPA Australia CEO Mr Benjamin Morgan will attend the Council meeting on Tuesday 13th October 2020 at 3:30pm.
More on this as it develops.