Central Coast Council’s draft three-year operational plan shows the Warnervale Airport will have more than $500,000 spent on it per year for the next three years.
Once a masterplan for the airport is finalised, the $500,000-plus annual expenditure will be on its implementation.
Council plans to begin “stakeholder engagement” for the masterplan by June 30, 2023 and will begin the development approval process by the following year and start building by June 30, 2025.
Exactly what the development at Warnervale will look like will be revealed in the masterplan which is currently in the pipeline.
Meanwhile a statistically representative community survey sample commissioned by Council showed that the airport was one of the least used facilities on the coast along with childcare centres.
A total of 744 people were asked questions about whether they wanted services cut or to accept the current rate variation for another seven years to assist Council’s financial situation.
“After being exposed in more detail of Council’s financial situation and action taken to address the situation, residents still generally believe that there should be the same or more investment across the 47 service areas,” stated a report to Council on the survey results. “Service areas with higher levels of ‘less’ investment include: on-street parking, Central Coast Airport, community grants and sponsorship, cultural venues, Central Coast Stadium and community events.
Roads, public rubbish bins and public toilets were top of the list of things that were most used.
Respondents were most satisfied with lifesavers, libraries, leisure centres and waste services and least satisfied with council’s performance on roads, the airport, estuaries, coastal lagoons, creeks and wetlands and coastal management.
Whilst under Administration, Central Coast Council has reversed decisions made by the elected Councillors prior to their suspension in October 2020.
Interim Administrator Dick Persson resolved at one of his last meetings in the role to knock off a proposed Conservation Agreement between Council and the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) that would have permanently protected the Porters Creek Wetland which shares a boundary with the Warnervale airstrip.
Since swapping his interim general manager’s post for the Administrator’s role, Rik Hart has moved to reverse resolutions made by the Councillors to stop spending rate payers’ money on developing a general aviation hub at Warnervale.
Council is also planning to “Develop a Faster Rail position paper” by June 30, 2023 and to advocate for the planning and delivery of faster rail services.
The exhibition of the draft three-year operational plan closes on January 21.
Residents can view it here: https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/delivery