Evans airpark plan given wings
THE Evans Head Airpark proposal is set to move forward with detailed plans expected to be presented to council today.
Richmond Valley Council mayor Col Sullivan said he was happy to see the report and expected council to invite the consortium to a workshop to explore the details further.
“Council may put up something to reject it, but I suspect they will want to hear more,” he said.
Following delays last year, the council gave the consortium an extension of time to prepare the report in December, sparking rumours the group had lost interest.
Consortium head Peter Lynch said the group wasalways fully committed to the project, but simply needed more time to get the environmental and heritage aspects right.
He explained the originaltimetable was too tight and that due to the large investment required for the next phase, he wanted to make sure they were on the same page as council.
“The consortium is really excited at the project,” he said.
“A lot of people are paying a lot of attention so we’ve got to keep everyone happy.
“I think people will really like the proposal and we hope to take a full presentation to council soon to go through all the details.
“It will be an interactive presentation so they can ask questions.”
Mr Lynch said he planned to commit a lot more time to the project once it moved to the application stage.
“I resigned from my job at the end of January to make this my number on pursuit,” he said.
“I’m still based in Brisbane, but will be spending more time in Evans Head and myfamily and I will definitely be moving into the first block once it’s rolling
“I have a very personalinterest in the airpark.”
Community groups have expressed concern about the planned removal of trees and aspects of the residentialdevelopment.
Cr Sullivan said the workshop would be a confidential meeting and the public would not be involved.
“It’s important that weunderstand their ideas and know what they’re planning before we get the public inv-olved,” he said. “Once we get to the point where we know that, we’ll open it to the public and invite comment from the community.”
Cr Sullivan said he personally liked the proposal and believed the community would appreciate it once they understood it.
“There are a lot of pluses for the community from an economic and a historical perspective,” he said.