Airport plans hit new heights
PLANS for a Lockyer Valley airport have been set to autopilot after approval was made at a Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) meeting.
The multi-million dollar project is expected to be constructed in the Lake Clarendon area with developers from VNE Aviation.
LVRC mayor Steve Jones said it is an exciting development for the region which would also assist in times of emergency if the Warrego Highway were obstructed.
“This is exciting news for the people in and around the Lockyer Valley,” he said.
“What we have approved is a top-grade facility that will have several uses including as a refuelling station for emergency services as well as providing a base for rescue aircraft, private aircraft and in the future, transport commuters...”
Cr Jones said there would also be a myriad of jobs available, providing a major boost to the economy.
“The airport's primary purpose is for private aircraft but I am really keen on getting services to Sydney and Melbourne – that will really open up the Valley and bring money into our local community,” he said.
Lockyer Valley airport director, Randal McFarlane, is adamant the project would be up and running soon with planes in the air by the end of the year.
“We've got to do some more engineering and design work for the actual structure of runways and roads which will take about a month or so, and then hopefully we can start working on the property after that,” Mr McFarlane said.
He added the airport would allow for future growth in the area.
“The airport has the potential to operate regional and commuter turbo prop aircraft in the future,” he said.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale also showed his support for the project.
“This is great news for the western corridor,” Cr Pisasale said.