Airport leases at a standstill
NEGOTIATIONS have ended between Gympie Regional Council and amateur aviators renting at the Gympie Aero Club’s Kybong hangar.
Gympie Aero Club spokesperson Ian Wagner, who has rented hangar space for two years at the site, said council had come back with a very nominal reduction and most renters weren’t happy.
The aviators had accused the council of inflating rents to extortionate levels back in June, when council’s Works and Services Chairman Cr Larry Friske said the issue was “a storm in a tea cup”.
Now councillors have resolved to adopt an “assessed market review” and raise the rent by 5.5 per cent for recreational and 7 per cent for commercial leases.
The new rates will be backdated five months to March 1.
Mr Wagner said he could not understand why council continued to charge lessees different rates and why council would not release the details of the review.
“The whole process doesn’t make sense, there’s no transparency. I wonder what they’re hiding,” he said.
Now Mr Wagner is talking to other lease holders and they will collectively decide whether to challenge council’s decision and hire an independent assessor or just wear the increase.
He said the assessment should have compared the Kybong authorised landing area with others in Caboolture or Monto.