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POWELL MEDIA RELEASE – Airport Victory for Community

2 September 2010

Glass House MP Andrew Powell today declared victory in his campaign to ensure the Caloundra Aerodrome remains in its current location.

Mr Powell said he had worked closely with locals in the community to convince the Bligh Government not to move the airport to Glass House Mountains.   

“This decision is a great outcome for the local Glass House community,” Mr Powell said

“A survey I conducted of locals showed there was overwhelming opposition to any move of the aerodrome with concerns that it would impact negatively on the green corridor we are trying so hard to protect.

“After I spoke in Parliament on the importance of keeping Glass House an airport-free zone, the Bligh Government announced the aerodrome would not be moved.

“This is a sensible outcome and I greatly appreciate the support I have received from locals as I fought this campaign to stop the aerodrome being shifted.”

The survey of more than 500 residents from the Johnston and Bowen Road community revealed over 95 per cent opposition to the proposed relocation of the aerodrome. 

Apart from the impact on the Glass House green corridor, other concerns revealed by the survey included disruption to existing aviation business and economic costs.

 “This decision now gives certainty to both Caloundra and Glass House residents and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council which can now plan for responsible growth in and around this important part of the region.” Mr Powell concluded.

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