Airport worry eased
RANDAL McFarlane of VNE Aviation Group and Landpartners Limited said the Lake Clarendon airport would not affect locals.
“It's not going to be a high density airport,” he said.
“It is a 20-year deal and it will be a progressive infrastructure with only a few hangars by the end of the first year.”
He said it is similar in size to Caboolture airport but it won't be as big as Archerfield.
“It's pretty unobtrusive, the stand of trees are still here."
“We want to put peoples' minds at rest - we've just cleaned up the site and all the stuff we took out were dead or dying,” he said.
Mr McFarlane said their aim was to keep established trees and make the project suit the environment.
“We are going to plant another few hundred native trees at the site and being down in the valley is great as buildings wouldn't exceed eight metres,” he said.
“The facility's buildings will also have earth tones and Main Green Swamp Road won't be turned into a freeway.”
The 1.2km airstrip will also be able to work in all-weather operations and there would not be many night flights.
“We need something like this in the area and there will only be emergency lighting at night.”
Mr McFarlane said one of the reasons he wanted to build the airport is because in his hometown of Toowoomba the airport has been swamped by urban development.
“People up there have nowhere to go because that airport up there is surrounded by houses and traffic.”
“Like a lot of things in life, people talk about things and identify issues but it always takes someone to get up and do it.
“People will be able to own a block of land there with minimum size of about half an acre.
“There won't be any half-acre hangars – the whole idea is to give people plenty of room.”
He said there will a flight training school, aviation museum and aero club education facility for kids.
“We have been talking to Lockyer District State High School and they have an aviation program which we will support,” he said.
He said the type of air traffic for the proposed airport would consist of small propeller planes and aircraft.
Mr McFarlane said VNE have done noise and air quality studies have been done and the Warrego Highway generates 100 times more than noise.
Mayor Steve Jones said it was becoming harder to avoid congestion on the Ipswich Motorway to reach Brisbane Airport.
“It's just getting too difficult and this development would be one step closer to making that travelling process easier,” he said.