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.”