Airport land development to pave way for job-creating opportunities

Vacant land at the Ayr Aerodrome could be developed to unlock new job-creating business ventures in the Burdekin with a focus on aviation.

Burdekin Shire Council will this week launch an Expressions of Interest campaign calling on parties interested in either leasing or developing the airport land to present their development proposals.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor and Aerodrome Advisory Committee Chairwomen Lyn McLaughlin said with its close proximity to Townsville and ample ‘blank canvas’ space, the aerodrome was ideally placed for development opportunities.

“The Ayr Aerodrome offers a variety of opportunities for developers with greater flexibility for operators to undertake a variety of activities,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“A wide range of aviation-related business operations – such as aircraft maintenance and spare parts, training facilities, storage and warehousing – could easily be accommodated.”

The aerodrome, 10km north of the township of Ayr, has two runways which can handle small to medium aircraft and Council is currently progressing the installation of a fuel facility at the site.

“With the addition of a fuel facility, the Ayr Aerodrome is ideally located to attract recreational and smaller commercial users from the region and across the State,” Cr McLaughlin said.

She said any proposed development at the aerodrome through the Expressions of Interest process should essentially be aviation-related.

“No consideration will be given to the use of the land for general industrial development which does not have any connection with the aviation industry,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“An essential element of this EOI process is to facilitate the matching of potential proponents and developers.”

Expressions of Interest close on Monday 5 February, 2018 at 12 noon.

The specification is available on Council’s website using the following link:

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