Kempsey Airport - Community Portal

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Consultation has concluded

Kempsey Shire Council have been working with airport users and the community to progress plans to ensure the viability of the airport and expand usage of the facility.

In late 2016 the Australian International Aviation College (AIAC) lodged a Development Application for construction and operation of an expanded Pilot Training Facility. The two stage development is valued at $18 million and includes lecture rooms, recreation spaces, kitchen and dining rooms, dispatch and debriefing areas as well as hangers, aircraft maintenance space and carparking.

As Council is the landowner and the development is valued at more than $5 million, the DA will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). A decision on the DA has been deferred pending further assessment on noise and wider impacts.

Community workshops held in July 2017 created an opportunity for residents to share their concerns and questions regarding the proposed DA and ongoing management of the Airport. A full report on the workshops is now in the document library.

As part of the ongoing management of the Airport, Council has commenced preparation and consultation on a Fly Neighbourly Agreement. This Agreement will include a Noise Management Plan and allow for ongoing structured community feedback seeking to balance impacts and considerations of all airport use.

Expressions of Interest are now being called for interested members of the community to serve on a Community Reference Group to help guide development of the Fly Neighbourly Agreement and Noise Management Plan. EOI must be received in writing addressed to the General Manager, Kempsey Shire Council, P.O. Box 3078, West Kempsey NSW 2440 or by completing the online form, by 4:30pm on Friday 15 September, 2017.



Kempsey Shire Council have been working with airport users and the community to progress plans to ensure the viability of the airport and expand usage of the facility.

In late 2016 the Australian International Aviation College (AIAC) lodged a Development Application for construction and operation of an expanded Pilot Training Facility. The two stage development is valued at $18 million and includes lecture rooms, recreation spaces, kitchen and dining rooms, dispatch and debriefing areas as well as hangers, aircraft maintenance space and carparking.

As Council is the landowner and the development is valued at more than $5 million, the DA will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). A decision on the DA has been deferred pending further assessment on noise and wider impacts.

Community workshops held in July 2017 created an opportunity for residents to share their concerns and questions regarding the proposed DA and ongoing management of the Airport. A full report on the workshops is now in the document library.

As part of the ongoing management of the Airport, Council has commenced preparation and consultation on a Fly Neighbourly Agreement. This Agreement will include a Noise Management Plan and allow for ongoing structured community feedback seeking to balance impacts and considerations of all airport use.

Expressions of Interest are now being called for interested members of the community to serve on a Community Reference Group to help guide development of the Fly Neighbourly Agreement and Noise Management Plan. EOI must be received in writing addressed to the General Manager, Kempsey Shire Council, P.O. Box 3078, West Kempsey NSW 2440 or by completing the online form, by 4:30pm on Friday 15 September, 2017.



Consultation has concluded
  • Workshops Inform Process for Fly Neighbourly Agreement

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    25 August, 2017
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    Feedback received during the community workshops has been documented and considered by Councillors as part of a report into the process for a Fly Neighbourly Agreement (FNA) tabled at the August Council meeting.

    The full report on the Community Workshops has been added to the document library.

    After considering the workshop feedback and objectives of an FNA Council resolved to endorse the process outlined for a Noise Management Study as part of the FNA and to convene a Community Reference Group for the project.

  • Expressions of Interest Called for Community Reference Group

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    28 August, 2017
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    Council invites interested members of the community to serve on a Community Reference Group to oversee the process for preparing a Noise Management Plan and Fly Neighbourly Agreement for Kempsey Airport.

    The role of the Reference Group will be to:

    • Provide input into the consultancy brief for a Noise Management Plan and Fly Neighbourly Agreement
    • Assist in developing selection criteria and EOI evaluation for that specialist consultant
    • Review consultancy deliverables
    • Review draft Council reports regarding these plans going out for public exhibition
    • Review submissions on draft plans and have input into final recommendations to go to Council

    Successful applicants will represent a broad cross section of the community. EOI must be received in writing by 4:30pm Friday 15 September, 2017. Complete the online form to submit an EOI.