New runway helps cement Lismore's aviation future

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Lismore City Council has completed a 1.6km reseal of the Lismore Regional Airport runway as part of a $1.8 million upgrade to the airport and general aviation precinct.

The reseal will extend the life of the runway by 20 years and ensure passenger and general aviation services can expand into the future.

Council has also completed new runway lighting and a public toilet at the general aviation area, better tourist information facilities, more aircraft parking, new signage, road improvements and street-lighting. Other improvements still to come include new light aircraft taxiways and increased security fencing.

The upgrade was funded by the NSW Government’s Restart program and will coincide with Council’s land release of new general aviation blocks to meet a growing statewide demand for hangar space.

Council’s Airport Manager Kevin Trustum explained that around 40 blocks will be released in stages over the next few years, and Council is seeking expressions of interest from aviation enthusiasts, general aviation business operators and adventure flight specialists.

“We have already had quite a few expressions of interest to date and we welcome more – we want to make this the biggest regional aviation centre between Brisbane and Sydney,” Kevin explained.

“With only one passenger service airline flying from Lismore Regional Airport and limited daily flights to and from the city, we can offer general aviation and adventure businesses easy access to the runway and first-class facilities.”

Lismore City Council’s strategic plan for the airport includes five focus areas, one of which is the establishment of medical aero services in conjunction with the $280 million expansion of Lismore Base Hospital.

The Northern Region Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has moved its base to the Lismore Regional Airport, providing the all-important catalyst for a regional centre of aero-medical excellence.

The general aviation area has also become integral to the work of local educational institutions. The North Coast Institute of TAFE currently utilises the airport terminal for baggage handling and flight attendant training while the Australian Defence Force and Northern Rivers Aero Club both provide pilot training.

“We are perfectly placed to become the regional general aviation hub,” Kevin said.

“As passenger services move to the Gold Coast and Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, Lismore has become the natural home for general aviation. The state suffers from a shortage of storage and aircraft capacity, and the new land release will allow us to fill that gap.”

To discuss business opportunities or expressions of interest, phone Kevin Trustum on 1300 87 83 87 or email wasteadmin@lismore.nsw.gov.au.

 

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