Soaring rental charges could see an end to Aero Club

Coffs Harbour Aero Club has been a part of the local community for 89 years.
Coffs Harbour Aero Club has been a part of the local community for 89 years. Leigh Jensen

COFFS Harbour Aero Club is pleading for fee relief after being hit with a 400% increase in rental charges of its premises at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.

Deputy mayor Sally Townley said the council's recent decision to raise rents in the general aviation section of the airport could send the 89-year-old club broke.

Asking for fee relief for the club as matter of urgency at Thursday's council meeting, Cr Townley said the registered non-profit organisation was run on a very tight budget.

She said the club supported aviation activities and pilot training in the region and helped young people enter the defence force.

The council's director of business services, Andrew Beswick, said there could be some negotiations and phasing in of the increases.

Mr Beswick said he was happy to have further discussions with the club and if required, the matter could come back to the council.

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