Burdekin Shire Council is moving to draw new industries to the region with the allocation of funds for an electrical upgrade of the Ayr Aerodrome and the development of the Ayr Industrial Estate.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Council had budgeted $225,000 to upgrade the electrical network at the Ayr Aerodrome.
“The Ayr Aerodrome is currently underutilised and this is the start of creating a space which could be a thriving and profitable multi-use airport,” he said.
“Council’s Economic Development team is in the process of developing a masterplan for the site and its possible uses such as a residential development with airside access, industrial uses such as transport and storage, pilot training, commercial airfreight, fixed wing or helicopter maintenance, or even a home airport for fly in-fly out workers.
“Council will require a number of strategies and plans for the use of the land, development of the facilities, environmental management and safeguards before moving forward.”
Cr Lowis said the current electrical capacity at the aerodrome had been exhausted.
“Adding additional power infrastructure to the aerodrome will make it more attractive to potential users,” he said.
“We are also upgrading the caretaker’s residence with $40,000 being set aside for repairs such as a new roof and internal refurbishing.”
Cr Lowis said Council had also budgeted $335,000 for the further development of the Ayr Industrial Estate.
“To expand our economic base, we need to have these lots ready to go for interested investors,” he said.
“Council has already had some interest from businesses, but this move would ensure we can provide them with industrial land if they require it.”