Independent consultant to audit key decisions regarding airport development

Kiar Ridge on the Central Coast. Once Wyong Council's preferred airport site.Kiar Ridge on the Central Coast. Once Wyong Council's preferred airport site.

Central Coast Council has engaged an independent consultant to undertake an audit of the key decisions made regarding the development of Central Coast Airport.

This review is separate to the State Government review of the Warnervale Airport Restrictions (WAR) Act currently underway.

A statement from Council said four projects have been identified as part of Council’s review which will look at all decision making processes to understand timelines, documentation, delegations and due diligence processes.

The four projects identified to be reviewed are: The project to establish a regional airport at Kiar Ridge;

The proposal to develop an aviation hub at the Central Coast Airport; Activities, including works and development applications lodged, by the current council or former Wyong Shire Council relating to works at the airport site; and, Processes and decision making relating the airport and Wyong Employment Zone.

Council has not responded to inquiries from this newspaper about the Terms of Reference, the identity of the independent consultant and that person’s appropriate qualifications, as well as other inconsistencies, lack of transparency, and a possible flawed review process.

Media release, Feb 3
Central Coast Council