Court saves hangar leases and heritage agreement
AVIATION lovers can relax - the multi-million dollar Evans Head Air Park is back on track.
After a six-month stand-off between hangar tenants at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome and Richmond Valley Council, the NSW Supreme Court ruled yesterday in favour of both parties.
The ruling allows council to register a heritage agreement so it can proceed with its plans for the site as well as guarantees the tenants' leases will remain unchanged.
Hangar lessee Halden Boyd said the decision vindicated the stance taken by the group of tenants.
"As passionate aviation enthusiasts, it was never in our interests to stop devel- opment at the aerodrome," Mr Boyd said.
"Our concern was simply if the land was sold, our leases might not be hon- oured by the new owners.
"Sensibility has certainly prevailed and we're really happy with the outcome and we can see a bright future at the aerodrome."
RVC's John Walker said the court action had been a forced necessity and it was a great result for council.