Council Considers Ballina-Byron Airport Privatisation


The Ballina Shire Council says it is ready to lease its airport, but denies there is an airport bidding war going on.

The decision follows last week’s confirmation from Lismore City Council that it has been approached to either sell or lease its facility.

Mayor David Wright says the Ballina Council has also been approached by a potential buyer.

He says the two airports offer different things to investors, and he denies Ballina is competing for a buyer.

“No, look we’ve co-existed with Lismore for many many years,” Cr Wright said. “They’re totally different.

“The Lismore people can get on REX (Regional Express) and go to Sydney or whatever.

“We’re servicing over 30, nearly 40 jets a week and it’s a totally different enterprise and because we’re Ballina-Byron Airport we do service a lot of the people coming in to Byron Bay as well.

“We’ve had approaches and that’s why we’re looking at this, and I should imagine that Lismore, they’ve had approaches as well.

“But until we put it really out there and get the tender out… the councillors need to be happy we maintain control because the whole idea of the airport is to provide service and infrastructure for the people of Ballina Shire and other councils close by.

“So we don’t ever want to lose that control.”

Source: ABC News

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