The Whitsunday Coast Airport.
The Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Council advised on airport master plan offer

IN APRIL the then CEO of the Whitsunday Coast Airport Scott Waters said council was in the "final stages" of completing a business case on an international terminal to the Federal

Government.

Mr Waters said the proposal to transition into an international terminal had been accepted by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and the first weekend in August was slated for the opening of the new terminal.

This has not happened.

Mr Waters said he expected the same level of government support that had been offered to other airports in regional Queensland in terms of grants.

But a business case submission to the Federal Government seeking co-funding of $10 million has yet to be finalised.

The Whitsunday Regional has spent over $2 million in attempting to implement its Master Plan for the airport including more than $1 million on the EOI process.

At today's meeting of the Whitsunday Regional Council a motion will be on the table to acknowledge a proposal received from Whitsunday International Airport Corporation Pty Ltd to produce an airport master plan.

The corporation is a company that has "offered to develop a new master plan and business case for the private establishment of the airport via future acquisition from council".

The council meeting agenda states: "the offer and intended path as described is not consistent with current direction for the Whitsunday Coast Airport, and a range of alternate business models that are more closely aligned to Council's vision will be considered in detail in the near future."

"Accordingly, it's recommended that WIAC's offer be declined."


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