Kempsey Shire Council has sought feedback from airport users on new measures designed to improve safety and efficiency at Kempsey Airport.
As the owner and operator of Kempsey Airport, Council has proposed a raft of changes, including the widening of the general aviation apron, the resurfacing of the apron and taxiways, the installation of an airside wildlife fence, and the closure of the grass runway. Council is also developing new Conditions of Use for the facility.
Council accepted feedback from airport users on the proposed changes until Friday 22 October 2021.
The proposed rehabilitation of the apron and taxiways is designed to improve airport safety and allow the airport to accommodate larger aircraft, including medevac and Rural Fire Service fixed wing and non-fixed wing aircraft.
The new airside wildlife fence is intended to mitigate hazards associated with kangaroos and wallabies entering aircraft movement areas. This project involves the construction of approximately 5,350m of fauna exclusion fencing around the runway, taxiway, apron and aircraft parking areas.
While Kempsey Airport’s grass runway had been temporarily closed, Council is implementing a permanent closure in line with the stakeholder consultation undertaken in November 2020 and Safety Case recommendations made by Aviation Projects in December 2020.
Council has also drafted Conditions of Use for Kempsey Airport which set out the conditions under which airport users are authorised to access the airport and use runways, taxiways, aircraft parking areas and other aeronautical services and facilities. The publication includes notice periods for restrictions of use of the airport and services, fees and charges for aircraft movements, payment terms and processes, and third-party liability insurance requirements.
To provide your feedback about these projects directly to Council staff, please phone 6566 3200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.