At an Ordinary Meeting of Central Goldfields Shire Council this week (24/07), Council resolved to advertise its intention to lease four sites of the Maryborough Aerodrome.

Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said the decision follows significant consultation and communication with, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), Council’s lawyers and occupants and lessees.

“At a Meeting of Council in November last year, a decision was made to initiate discussions with lessees to enter into appropriate lease agreements in accordance with legislative requirements.

“The review of current Airport tenancy arrangements has been thoroughly reviewed and we now have an agreed framework to enable long term tenancy agreements to be negotiated consistent with the relevant legislation.

“Council recognises the value of the Maryborough Aerodrome and is keen to maximise the opportunities that come with having a facility of its kind in the Central Goldfields Shire.

“We’re committed to getting this process finalised as quickly as possible so we can provide current lessees – with certainty over their site occupation.”

In order to enter into leases at the aerodrome Council must undertake a statutory process in accordance with section 190 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The statutory process provides for a public notice advertising Council’s intention to lease land and inviting submissions within 28 days in accordance with section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The Maryborough Aerodrome is Crown Land for which Council is the appointed Committee of Management by DELWP.

There are currently 12 lease sites comprising of aircraft hangars and aviation related buildings.

Lease consultation and negotiation on the remaining sites will commence shortly, followed by a further report to Council.

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