Gold Coast ILS plan stalls at Commonwealth Tribunal
A COMMONWEALTH Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing to challenge the approval of Gold Coast Airport's instrument landing system has been set for December.
The Gold Coast Lifestyle Association, the Tugun Cobaki and Gold Coast man John Hicks have together lodged the appeal against the Federal Government's decision to allow the installation of the ILS.
The alliance was successful last Thursday in its standing application to be a party in the proceedings against the government approval, despite a challenge by AirServices Australia and Gold Coast Airport.
Alliance spokeswoman Lindy Smith said the group was calling for a review of the approval of the ILS because the airport had failed to "identify the PFC firefighting foams contaminants" at the site and other legislative inquiries.
Preliminary work on the ILS will be placed on hold until a stay order calling for a complete halt of the work is heard, at a date yet to be set. The delay means the airport will struggle to complete the installation of the ILS in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The tribunal appeal comes as a 2010 document released to the Tweed Daily News shows a Crown Land lease given to the airport by the NSW Government was specifically for the purpose of a "runway extension", with concept plans included.
Releasing the Report on the Waiver of the Need for a Land Assessment, North Coast MP Jan Barham said the document "was shocking because it revealed the airport was given in-principal approval without public consultation or a land assessment".
"There has been no accountability in this process, allowing a private corporation access to a public nature reserve for an airport runway extension," Ms Barham said.
But the airport maintains there are no current plans for a runway extension.
"As previously stated, there are currently no plans for a runway extension at Gold Coast Airport," a representative said.
"The current airport master plan does not propose a runway extension, nor does the updated master plan due out to public consultation later this year.
"We are here to assist the long-term growth of the Gold Coast and therefore should a runway extension be needed at some point in the future, we would be able to use this land for that purpose.
"Extensive community consultation and subsequent ministerial consideration and approval would be required if we do reach that point."
A website on the contamination investigation has been launched.