COUNCIL plans to spend $23 million upgrading the Scone Regional Airport to be compliant with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations being introduced in August 2020 and to develop a Warbird Aviation Attraction.
The Council has received $6.2 million from the government for the Warbird Museum and a $6.5 million government grant from the drought stimulus fund, with ratepayers to cover the remaining $10.8 million.
An independent report made to Council predicts there will be 1,000 visitors each week to the new facility, which will repay the $10.8 million loan and ensure the airport is profitable.
The Council has called for tenders for the proposal.
There are conflicting views in the community about the viability of the proposal, which we will cover in a series of stories, see below for what has been published to date.
- Airport: A Sure Thing Or A Gamble? – September 23, 2019.
- Conflict Questioned: Mayor “Personally Affronted!” – September 30, 2019.
- Letter: Airport – Can’t Walk Past This One – October 15, 2019.
- Conflict: Clearing the Air – October 16, 2019.
- Letter: Council Rebukes Dutton on Airport – October 16, 2019.
- CASA Confirms: Scone Airport Won’t Close – October 16, 2019.
- Airport: Some Good News! – October 17, 2019.
- Letter: Consultant Supports Upgrade – October 21, 2019.
- Letter: Call for Independent Review – October 23, 2019.
- Council’s Critical Emergency Claims Challenged – October 28, 2019.
- Letter: Plan Flawed New One Needed – October 28, 2019.
- DA for Museum and Terminal Approved – November 6, 2019.
- Letter: GM Criticises Pinfold’s Letter – November 7, 2019.
- Editorial: Enough of the Emergency Spin – November 7, 2019.