Airport Future in Question

Local Tasmanian aircraft owners, pilots and aviation businesses have called on the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association and Australia for assistance, following news that the George Town Council in the state’s north has resolved to move forward with a formal Expression of Inter- est for the sale of the George Town Aerodrome.

Operated as an ALA, the George Town Aerodrome is located to the north of Launceston on the coast at the mouth of the Tamar River and

is home to a broad range of recre- ational and private aviation users,including well established flight train-ing providers. The airfield hosts a900m sealed runway with a unsealed cross-strip, with associated taxiways and includes 17 hangar facilities onsite, accommodating some 30+ aircraft. See: http://www.george- townairport.com.au/

The new George Town Aerodrome was instigated by the George Town Airport Association. The strip was opened in April 1973 by the Minister for Transport, Mr Batt. Lindsay Miller, one of the hardworking volunteers,landed the first plane on the day. The first strip was 750m by 100mwide. 

“The resolution to move forward with an Expression of Interest for the sale of the local community airport is dissapointing and places an enor- mous question mark over it’s future.”, Benjamin Morgan; Chief ExecutiveOfficer, AOPA Australia.

“Tasmania is a great state, with great people; it is imperative that George Town Aerodrome remain locally owned and operated, now and into the future, ”
“It would be a terrible outcome to see the control of the airport handedaway to either interstate or offshoreinterests, who would undoubtedly in-

 

Chamber of Commerce with help introduce significant fees and charges,rendering aviation at George Town as unsustainable, ”

“George Town Airport is a valuable community asset that provides a broad range of aviation recreation and amenity to the local and state community, along with being an invaluable resource during times of emergency and disaster releif, high-lighted by its use for aerial fire fight- ing during 2018,”

“AOPA Australia has today spoken at length with Mayor Greg Keiser to gain a better understanding of coun- cil’s position and will attend a council airport planning meeting on Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, to discuss alter-natives to selling off the communityairport,”
“Our association has also been in contact with the Member for Bass, Mrs Bridget Archer MP and Tasma- nian Senator Ms Jaquie Lambie, calling on their support to protect George Town Aerodrome.”, he said.

Rosevears Election Nears the management of the George Town

Airport Association. The strip was opened in April 1973 by the Minister for Transport, Mr Batt. Lindsay Miller, one of the hardworking volunteers,landed the first plane on the day. The first strip was 750m by 100mwide.

“The resolution to move forward
with an Expression of Interest for the sale of the local community airport is dissapointing and places an enor- mous question mark over it’s future.”, Benjamin Morgan; Chief ExecutiveOfficer, AOPA Australia.
“Tasmania is a great state, with great people; it is imperative that George Town Aerodrome remain locally owned and operated, now and into the future, ”
“It would be a terrible outcome to see the control of the airport handedaway to either interstate or offshoreinterests, who would undoubtedly in-

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