The first two hangars in the Deniliquin Airport hangar project have been finished.November 28, 2012 4:45am
The first two hangars in the Deniliquin Airport hangar project have been finished — and one more soon will be.
The hangars are among the first of 11 in stage one of the project.
All 11 should be finished by September 2013, according to Deniliquin Council general manager Des Bilske.
Mr Bilske said the issue of long term leases should not hold up construction any longer.
Some hangars could not be built until long-term leases were in place — a process that is still ongoing.
However, Mr Bilske said council has been able to provide other documents that mean the absence of a long-term lease should not stop a hangar from being built.
The leases are expected to be in place sometime this financial year, he added.
Deniliquin pilot John Macknight already has planes housed in his new double hangar, and he says the development is a ‘‘golden opportunity’’.
‘‘The whole idea is to encourage more people, particularly out-of-towners, to come and establish at the airport,’’ he said.
‘‘There is a great need as hangarage is very short, in Victoria particularly, and it’s very costly as well.
‘‘Shepparton’s full up, Kyneton’s full up, Echuca’s full up.
‘‘This is a golden opportunity for the town to develop private hangars.
‘‘The [Deniliquin Airport Master Plan] caters for a future large scale development of hangars both leasehold and freehold.’’
The hangar development was made possible after the completion of the master plan.
Mr Macknight said the establishment of the airport advisory committee was ‘‘largely responsible for the progress to date’’.
He also said the development comes after ‘‘many years of negotiation’’ with Deniliquin Council.
There have been estimates that stage one will generate $500,000 for Deniliquin, and it has been a year since Deniliquin Council first put out for expressions of interest in the project.
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick recently inspected the airport and hangar project.
‘‘It looks absolutely fantastic. It’s great to see it all happening,’’ he said.
Cr Renwick said more hangars could be built after stage one, if there is interest.
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
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