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July 3, 2020
Council: Sorry But Confident

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June 25, 2020
Airport Submissions Due July 2

PUBLIC submissions for an independent review of the Scone Airport Development have welcomed public submissions, due on Thursday, July 2. Ratepayers are earmarked to contribute $10.8 million to the $23million development to upgrade airside infrastructure and build a warbird museum to attract a projected 1,000 visitors a week. Following community concerns about the scope of […]

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June 16, 2020
$3 Million More For Scone Airport

ON Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack announced 60 regional airports would receive a total of $41.2 million in grant funding through the COVID-19 pandemic, with $3 million contributed to Scone Airport airside works. The Deputy Prime Minister said the government was committed to supporting regional airports and the critical role they play in connecting […]

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June 9, 2020
Independent Review of Airport Begins

MORRISON Low have been appointed by the Upper Hunter Shire Council to undertake an independent business review of the Scone airport project, following public concern for the financial viability of the project. Council voted to support a review at their March meeting, after all tender applications for the project came in “well above” estimates. (Read: […]

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May 25, 2020
Big Blue To Have New Stable

BIG Blue, a large string sculpture of a horse, purchased by Council in 2018, is set to have a new home on one acre, inside the proposed War Bird Museum and Airport Terminal. The design specifications of the new terminal and museum put Big Blue at the front entrance with 10.1 square metres of its […]

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April 28, 2020
Council’s Independent Airport Analysis Welcomed

COUNCIL’S announcement last night that an independent review of the Scone airport development will be undertaken has been welcomed by residents who were concerned with the business projections. (Read: Airport Project to be Independently Reviewed). Daryl Dutton, resident and former general manager of the Upper Hunter Shire Council said it is needed to get the […]

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April 27, 2020
Tenders Blow Out On Airport Project

ALL tenders in relation to the airport development were over budget and none were accepted by Council. The tenders included ground lighting upgrade, construction of the warbirds museum and terminal building and the airside infrastructure upgrades. The Mayor explained another tender process would not occur because the time frames involved may jeopardise grant funding from […]

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April 27, 2020
Airport Project to be Independently Reviewed

THIS evening Council voted to undertake an independent business review of the Scone Airport Development. Cr Abbott highlighted the significant community concern surrounding the project and the need for an independent review, especially in light of the economic impacts of the pandemic and the announcement that Cessnock Council has announced today that they have received […]

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April 27, 2020
Covid Shadow Cast Over Airport Viability

COUNCILLOR Sue Abbott has put forward a notice of motion for tonight’s Council meeting to pause the proposed $23million Scone airport development until the economic ramifications of the pandemic are better understood and an independent review of the business case has been made. Update: Airport Project to be Independently Reviewed. The Council has plans to […]

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March 9, 2020
Hasty Tear-Down Leaves Arrivals At A Loss

IN December last year with great haste, before loans have been secured to upgrade the airport, the Upper Hunter Shire Council demolished the airport terminal building. Kay Cumberland, well known Sconeite and taxi driver said she is now ferrying pilots and passengers into town to use a toilet or take shelter. “Since the little building […]

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