The Broken Hill Airport was discussed during the most recent Ordinary Council Meeting, where both a draft master plan for the airport was put on display, and progress on the previously vacant airport kiosk was also discussed.
Mayor Tom Kennedy told media the airport drat master plan not only encompasses long-term strategies but also outlines plans for the immediate future.
“The master plan looks at future operations of the airport and stretches over 20, 30, 40 years,” Mayor Kennedy said.
“A lot will be done in the near future to try and have 737s using our airport. And that is included in there too.”
Adding to the positive news, the kiosk appears to have new proprietors secured for a three-year lease. The kiosk space has been unoccupied for almost six months after the previous owner had to shut down the café due to personal circumstances,
General Manager Jay Nankivell expressed his elation about the kiosk’s impending reopening.
“[The new owners] are ready to go and we hope to make an announcement in the coming days once they sign on the dotted line,” Mr Nankivell said.
“We’re very glad that we were able to find an applicant capable of reopening the café and providing this service to our visitors and the community.”
Mr Kennedy also expressed enthusiasm, stating: “I’d say I will get a phone call tonight [following the Council meeting] – that’s how keen these people are to get [the airport kiosk] running again”.
On a less positive note, concerning the airport, the Council disclosed their efforts to secure transportation services for the airport have so far been unsuccessful, although they remain hopeful of obtaining such services in the future.
“As explained [during the Council meeting], the bus services that were suggested aren’t so interested,” Mayor Kennedy noted. “Council will put expressions of interest out to the community to try and get people interested in providing a shuttle service.”