In response to President of Save Kempsey Airport Action Group Adam Ulrick’s call earlier today for local member’s stance in regards to circuit training at Kempsey Airport.
According to Country Labor Candidate for Oxley, Susan Jenvey, the pilot training school at Kempsey Airport, if done properly, may have had the potential for good outcomes. What has occurred though has not been good value for the community.
A mass pilot training scheme is not compatible with the residential, agricultural, and tourism interests in the Macleay Valley. So I oppose this on going development.
“Residents around small rural airports should be protected from inappropriate aviation activities”, Ms Jenvey said.
The amenity of a district and the things that attract people to invest in an area need to be protected. The communities concerns need to be listened to.
The negative social impacts being imposed on this community by this development has come to outweigh any perceived, and currently unqualified economic benefit.
Ms Pavey's position that this a matter for local government now sits at odds with her colleague, Andrew Constance pronouncement on an almost identical proposal for Bega's regional airport.
Andrew Constance has come out in opposition to a flying school at the airport saying, “the very strong opinion of local residents shouldn't be ignored”.
There were a “number of things” about the airport development that concerned Mr Constance including noise and the organic farming practices of the rural community.
It would seem that if Melinda remains silent on this issue then this could be interpreted as a policy position in and of itself. As the local MP she can't say she has no influence or interest in the issue.