Letter to the Editor - July 22: Airport outgrows council

IN reference to the letter (Hands Off Our Airport, Advocate, Saturday, July 11) which raised the question who will run our airport?

At the last meeting council voted to stop further investigation into more efficient management practices for the airport, reasons ranging from the airport not being finished yet, to the land being a swamp anyway.

But wouldn't better questions to consider be, "Is it the role of councils to run airports?" (What about the bus networks), "Is it not simply better to just 'own' the business of the airport, rather than owning the 'running' of it?"

Coffs Harbour airport, has reached a size where perhaps it would be better to allow it to become part of the national or even international business system of airports and this becomes an important but time consuming question to ask.

In round terms it would take approximately a year before all of the processes are finished to investigate this, before any future considerations could be taken.

The cost of the investigation was one concern for council, however costs of this type need to be put into perspective against the totals of the sums involved in the running of the airport.

No doubt future expenditure will be again required from council and the costs of these maintenance works will continue to daunt given no change to the current status quo for the airport.

Cr Rod Degens

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