Tasmania's Bruny Island airstrip is set to close in a decision brought on by rising costs
Kingborough Council decided to announce its intention to close the Bruny Island Airstrip at last night's meeting (28/5/18), but that a final decision will be made following a four week consultation period with existing users and the general public.
Council says the consultation period, open now, will close at 5 pm on Friday 29 June 2018.
Following any applications, a final report will be considered by Council with a final decision then made regarding the intended closure and when it would need to occur.
This decision has been made following independent advice being provided to Council on the risks associated with the current condition of the Airstrip. The estimated costs required to bring the Airstrip up to a suitable standard are considerable, along with a rising maintenance cost. There are also encroachments on to the adjoining private property that are difficult to resolve.
Kingborough Council says it understands the significance of the decision, but they say the Airstrip is now only used for private purposes and the expenditure of public funds "cannot be justified".
Council has previously sought expressions of interest, but felt none of the submissions adequately dealt with the current Airstrip shortcomings or resolved Council’s existing concerns.
The consultation period is designed for any individual or group to state why the Airstrip should not be closed.
Submissions can be made on the Kingborough Council "Our Say" page www.oursay.org/kingborough-council/bruny-island-airstrip; or in writing to the General Manager, Kingborough Council, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Civic Centre, 15 Channel Hwy, Kingston.