Redcliffe Airport in Queensland Under Threat

Redcliffe Airport in Queensland Under Threat

Redcliffe Airport in Queensland Under Threat

September 17, 2019 By Kreisha Ballantyne
AOPA Australia's KREISHA BALLANTYNE reports.
The local Redcliffe Airport community have called on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia for advocacy assistance, traveling to Queensland to meet concerned aircraft owners, pilots and businesses...

The local Redcliffe Airport community have called on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia for advocacy assistance, traveling to Queensland to meet concerned aircraft owners, pilots and businesses who will be impacted by unsustainable increases in airport property leasehold and user rates.

“Redcliffe Airport is an invaluable local community asset that provides a broad spectrum of services and amenities to the Moreton Bay Region.  It’s value to the community is immense and it is important that it’s future be protected.”, Executive Director Benjamin Morgan.

“The recent fires in Queensland are a graphic demonstration of how invaluable airports are in a time of disaster releif, often making the difference in protecting life and property.”

“AOPA Australia is genuinely concerned with what we are hearing from local aviators, who are frustrated by a lack of consultation between the airport owner/operator and the local aviation community.”

“The airport is owned and managed by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and we understand that there is no formal Airport Advisory Committee in place, which would enable structured dialogue between stakeholders.”

“Local aviation businesses have informed AOPA Australia that the council is seeking leasehold property rate increases of up to 400%, and if implemented will result in business closures and subsequent employment losses across the airport.”

“We are currently seeking a meeting with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and would like to better understand the their perspectives regarding the proposed rate increases, along with the opportunity to discuss the various challenges currently facing the general aviation business community across Australia.”



Kreisha Ballantyne

Kreisha’s experience across various sectors of the aviation industry reflect her passion for general aviation. In previous editorial roles at AOPA Australian Pilot, Sport Pilot and AirSport, Kreisha has had the privilege of flying in – and writing about -a multitude of aircraft types, from a powered parachute to a PC12. Kreisha is currently a feature writer for Australian Flying magazine, as well as CASA’s Flight Safety Australia. As a private pilot, Kreisha has experienced an incredible array of aviation adventures, including flying solo across Australia in heels and lipstick to influence young female pilots; wing-walking on a vintage Stearman; flying in New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Austria; and interviewing a diverse and incredible cross-section of aviators. Now in her tenth year in the industry, she is delighted to continue her passion for writing about aviation as one of AOPA’s new digital editors.

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