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If you are not already aware Caloundra airport is earmarked for closure.

 

There is also suggestion that Caboolture is under threat.

 

There is a replacement Aerodrome Study underway for the Caloundra and Caboolture Aerodromes.

 

If you have an opinion on this and wish to see the proposals go to

 

 

http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/projects/transport/aviation/caloundra-and-caboolture-aerodromes-replacement-aerodrome-study.html

 

 

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Guest Maj Millard

Another one bites the dust !!!

 

Once they're gone ,they're gone. I lived and flew in California in the eighties and witnessed several real classic little airports just dissappear overnight, usually replaced uncerimoniously with bloody track-houses or yet another supermarket. Some of these airports had been there since the twenties and just reeked with character. I skydived at Caloundra in the early seventies when it was a dirt strip, with a couple of sheds. We really need to close ranks and look at what can be done to save some airports, maybe try to establish an airport purchasing fund, even if we got enough dough together to save one nice little airport somewhere in the country, it would be worth it. That's my 2 bob's worth anyway. 024_cool.gif.7a88a3168ebd868f5549631161e2b369.gif

 

 

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The way to go is to use the state Heritage law to keep these airfields open. Do your homework. Contact your state heritage office, local Council without telling them why you want to know, local heritage societies, newspaper achives etc.

 

Research the history of the airfield looking for not just architectural links to the past but more importantly cultural links. What famous flyers or identities flew out of the airfield. Prepare a case for preservation of your airfield on historical grounds.

 

Seek an interim heritage order from your state hertiage office until you can prove the airfield is of historical sigbificance either local, state or federal.

 

Clive

 

RA-Aus pilot, aircraft owner and Consultant Town Planner

 

 

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Johnprop, they tried that with Archerfield a few years ago and was not successful. The current leaseholder needs only to fulfill its obligations under the act and that's that!! that is why there is now a road and displaced fenceline along the northern side for future development into industrial/commercial realestate. As far a Caloundra is concerned, it has been well known for over a decade that it was to be closed for urban development and there are replacement areas being considered. Pressure to close aerodromes will always be a factor until users get together and secure tenure (in other words OWN their aerodromes...) airparks are a way of doing this economically.

 

 

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Thank you Clive a very usefull twist to the situation. The action of taking over airstrips for houses why can not these town planners "decentralise"? Queensland is a big empty state. What could be done - :blush:find a smooth stone with a sharp edge somewhere on the Caloundra and Cabolture airstrips then that will be historical airstrip status without a bother:thumb_up:.

 

Keith Page.

 

 

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Hey, I'm all for trying different angles to keep these two (and other) great airfields open, I was only stating what was tried at YBAF to keep the airfield status quo and affordable for all of us to use, once AAC took over.. yes the leaseholder needs to keep the status of an operational aerodrome but to what cost? With commercial pressure on the local councils to close YCDR & YCAB so the land can be released for development, we the current users need to do something to try to reverse this trend, putting pressure on our pollies, heritage listing if we can rightly justify, sacred site if we can find proof or stopping further development because of important fauna/flora habitat considerations should all be investigated. But by doing nothing.....!!110_closed.gif.a392821970f4971bbab8b2a27aea78f5.gif

 

 

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