11 September 2019

Info session on Merimbula Airport runway extension - Tuesday

| Ian Campbell
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Merimbula Airport. Photo: Bega Valley Shire Council

Merimbula Airport. Photo: Bega Valley Shire Council

Local consultancy firm, NGH Environmental, is currently finalising an environmental assessment of plans to extend the Merimbula Airport runway, and now is your chance to get involved and have a say.

Bega Valley Shire Council says a key component of the process is thorough community consultation, with the public able to provide feedback on the proposal.

An open community information session is being held on Tuesday (August 27) from 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the Twyford Hall meeting room on Market Street Merimbula.

Attendees will be briefed on the environmental investigation and invited to provide the project team with feedback.

Experts in the aquatic environment, surface water, noise, flora, fauna and biodiversity will be on hand along with Council representatives.

A separate invitation-only session is being held today (August 26) for residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the airport.

Council says, aviation experts Lambert and Rehbein, and a team that includes pilots, engineers and runway specialists, have led the development of the runway extension plan.

Council’s Project Manager, Jenny Symons, says the extension project opens the potential for a greater range of aircraft and airlines to provide passenger and freight services to the region.

“The successful completion of the extension, which is consistent with the current approved master plan for the site, will make the airport less dependent on the current provider and better able to adapt to the ongoing growth of passenger numbers,” Ms Symons says.

“NGH’s environmental assessment includes potential impacts on the lake, flora, fauna and the surrounding community in addition to the development of a noise management plan and we are very interested to hear from the community throughout this important process.”

Work on the runway extension is being conducted in tandem with the terminal upgrade which is well underway and due for completion before Christmas.

An illustration of what an upgraded Merimbula Airport terminal may look like on approach from the north apron. Photo: Supplied.

An illustration of what the upgraded Merimbula Airport terminal may look like on approach from the north apron. Photo: Supplied.

The Merimbula Airport Runway Extension project is being jointly funded by the NSW Government and Bega Valley Shire Council.

For more information on the project, contact Jenny Symons on 6499 2222, or email – [email protected]

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Robert Geary1:29 pm 24 Nov 20

opaque public consultancy with scant evidence of benefit to community in particular ratepayers

Henry & Janelle PETTERSON7:50 am 27 Aug 19

Although we have heard about the airport extension for years, as one of the closest residents (75 GreenPoint rd.) we have not heard about the “meeting”/”seperate invitation only” session being held.

Ian Campbell7:55 am 27 Aug 19

Thanks Henry and Janelle – that’s disappointing. I hope the story gives you a chance to have your perspective heard. Stay in touch. Ian

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