GANNAWARRA Shire Council states that it is committed to encouraging and supporting investment in our region.
Council yesterday issued a statement endorsed by six of its seven councillors. Cohuna-based councillor, Sonia Wright did not support the statement.
Council stated yesterday that it was actively considering the airport proposal as it was closely aligned with the principles of the Council Plan.
As council owns the Kerang Airport and has recently purchased land to allow for its expansion, the applicant was asked to consider this airport for their purposes.
The applicant did so and provided a response indicating that given the amount of air traffic that would be flying over Kerang's CBD and the potential impact this could have on their business, their preference remained to proceed at Cohuna.
The applicant's response was timely and well considered.
A recommendation in support of the Cohuna pilot training proposal was tabled at a council briefing session by staff with intentions the proposal would go before an Ordinary Council meeting.
In the interim a key proponent of the project notified council that they had withdrawn from the application process and further due diligence was necessary.
Council staff sought legal advice on how to proceed. Due to time constraints the applicant withdrew his application.
The withdrawal of the application by the proposer left council with no active proponent for the proposed flying school and based on legal advice the matter did not proceed to the Ordinary Council meeting.
This joint statement is endorsed by Councillors Gibson, Learmonth, Arians, Basile, Gillingham and Tasker.