Archerfield Airport Legal Case: Implications for Richmond Valley Aerodromes?

Archerfield by Noel Hall 2008

A legal case regarding Archerfield Airport before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal may have ramifications for Richmond Valley Council’s Evans Head Memorial  and Casino Aerodromes.

Casino Airport with house at the end of the main runway.  VWD understands residents complain about aircraft noise.  Perhaps Richmond Valley Council shouldn't have permitted the development on the site so close to the end of the main runway.  This is a clear breach of the Transfer Deed with the Commonwealth

Casino Airport with houses at the end of the main runway. VWD understands residents complain about aircraft noise. Perhaps Richmond Valley Council shouldn’t have permitted the development on the site so close to the end of the main runway. This is a clear breach of the Transfer Deed with the Commonwealth

In an article about the case entitled “Day of Reckoning for Albanese” author Paul Phelan claims that :

snipped from Paul Phelan's article about Archerfield Airport case

extract from Paul Phelan’s article about the Archerfield Airport case

The Evans Head Memorial  and Casino Aerodromes currently owned by Richmond Valley Council are two of these ALOP aerodromes.

Phelan does not spell out how the matter may affect ALOP airfields but federal governments of both persuasions have failed to enforce the Transfer Deeds over both Evans Head and Casino  passing responsibility to both State and Local governments for decisions about how the aerodromes are to be used since 2004.

Both Casino and Evans Head Aerodromes have been partially carved up for residential development creating problems for aviation because of encroachment of residential development on the aerodromes creating noise and safety problems.

In a short-sighted approach to aviation Richmond Valley Council sold off part of the Casino Aerodrome more than a decade ago to private developers who created residential development right in the flight path of the main runway. The property was sold for one third its assessment value.

Recently council applied unsuccessfully for grant funds to extend the runway to deal with the  problem it created by residential encroachment which begs the question are ratepayers now going to have to foot the bill for runway extension?

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