The official opening of Kempsey Airport’s $2.5 million upgrade took place at the new Aviation Business Park on Wednesday, April 29 2015, with dignitaries from all levels of government attending to celebrate the event.
The Federal Government committed $2 million to the project under the Community Infrastructure Grants Program, and Kempsey Shire Council contributed a further $500,000. The funding was provided following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Kempsey, Hastings and Taree councils in 2012 in support of the Mid North Coast Regional Aviation Plan to enhance the growth and economic development potential of the Mid North Coast region.
The $2.5m upgrade has seen significant improvement works carried out at the airport, through the construction of enhanced civil infrastructure, including roads, taxiway, aprons, power, telecommunications, water supply and wastewater.
In the second half of 2015 Council launched a prospectus to stimulate private investment at Kempsey Airport for 20 new fully serviced hangar sites. The prospectus was advertised broadly through the aviation industry networks and media outlets.
The airport is currently utilised for a range of commercial and recreational purposes, including by Kempsey Flying Club, private charter aircraft, Australian International Aviation College, medical and emergency services and Coffs Skydiving. Local company Macleay Aircraft Maintenance also operates from the airport.
For further information, including how to lease commercial space at the park, contact:
Economic Sustainability Officer (Operations)
Kempsey Shire Council
Phone: 02 6566 3342