Who could forget the euphoria of Fly Corporate’s first flight from Inverell to Brisbane last September?
Councillors of the Economic and Community Sustainability Committee debated the next steps following a request for an Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) at Inverell Aerodrome.
This service would allow the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to prepare a Terminal Area Forecast (TAF) for the aerodrome, finally making weather reports available however is estimated to cost between $150,000 to $200,000 and require additional maintenance costs of $16,000/year.
In an effort to make funding feasible, Cr Anthony Michael suggested that the operator “should come to the party to help out” by paying the annual maintenance costs.
He wondered what would happen if the airline operating flights were to “pull the pin” leaving Inverell with this ongoing cost.
Cr Kate Dight agreed that the equipment is very expensive but also “critical for the permanency of these flights to remain.” She highlighted the importance of this investment in the hope of attracting flights to Sydney.
Councillors agreed to look at state funding that would help offset the costs before coming to a decision.