Development Application for Pilot Training Facility, Kempsey Airport

Media statement - 16 March 2017

Kempsey Shire Council recognise that this matter has prompted significant discussion in the community.

General Manager David Rawlings acknowledges the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) reviewed a considerable amount of information as part of yesterday’s meeting.

“Council understand that the JRPP see this as a complex decision and due to that they have elected to allow time for further investigation of the impacts of how the expanded College would operate and in particular a further noise study,” said Mr Rawlings.

Council will continue to work through the application process with the Australian International Aviation College, who will now need to provide more detailed information which will then be assessed and reported back to the JRPP.

“Council are also committed to continuing to work with the community to explore opportunities for the Aviation Business Park while assessing and recognising impacts.

“Development of a Fly Neighbourly Agreement, and the community engagement that will go into that, is a critical part of that management plan for our Airport moving forward,” confirmed Mr Rawlings.

More information about the Aviation Business Park and the management of the Airport is available on Council’s website