The crowd watches a blast of 500,000 tonnes of rock at Wellcamp Airport's open day.
The crowd watches a blast of 500,000 tonnes of rock at Wellcamp Airport's open day. Contributed

Department of Defence puts Wellcamp Aiport fears to rest

THE Department of Defence has revealed Wellcamp Airport does not pose a threat to its existing flying operations.

A panel involving Defence, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia is fine-tuning how the skies over Toowoomba will be shared when the airport begins regular domestic passenger flights next year.

Wellcamp developer Wagners has taken on an advisory role as the group redistributes airspace ownership between the new airport and Defence's two closest airborne assets.

"The changes modify the existing military airspace to allow for continued complex army aviation training at Oakey and air force operations at Amberley without precluding civilian operations in and out of the proposed Wellcamp airport," a Defence spokesman said.

"The Airspace Change Proposal is a reduction in restricted military airspace surrounding Oakey and a minor change at Amberley.

"Under the same proposal, the standing permission for civil aircraft to flight-plan through Oakey's airspace will be limited to ensure military training can continue within the revised airspace without further disruption from civil aircraft.

"The proposed restricted military airspace will be somewhat smaller but, with fewer civil aircraft transiting it, will result in a negligible net impact on military flying."


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