TAMWORTH’S Aero Club will remain at its current site for at least the next six months.
Following talks with Tamworth Regional Council’s Peter Thomson, yesterday it was determined the club’s lease at the Tamworth Airport complex could continue.
Aero club president Adele Mazoudier said the renewed lease included a guarantee that at no stage would the council give the club less than six months’ notice of the cessation of the lease.
“The club has absolute certainty that the lease will continue until July 2013, there being nothing in the planning stages for the current site,” Ms Mazoudier said.
She said the news was a relief, because the club faced uncertainty at the beginning of the year, when the council decided to make the club’s lease monthly.
“Earlier plans for the building of a plaza to extend into the club’s car park are being modified, to reflect concerns raised by the aero club as to the practicalities of what was being proposed by the council,” Ms Mazoudier said.
“We are yet to see plans of proposed modifications.”
She said the club had offered to work with the council to resolve any future planning issues.
“While the six-month lease and the public commitment by the council to consult with the aero club is a great improvement on previous decisions by the council, the club’s board and members will remain active in ensuring the future of one of Australia’s oldest aero clubs and the organisation responsible for bringing aviation to Tamworth.”