Hangar owners at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome have won their case to retain caveats over the aerodrome after Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker took them to court to have the caveats lifted.
Council has failed to bring the leases to finalisation for a number of years.
RSL LifeCare, which planned to build a multimillion dollar retirement home and adjacent airfield housing development on the aerodrome site, cited this uncertainty as one of the reasons it quit the deal last month.
The Supreme Court awarded costs against Richmond Valley Council.
Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome president, Dr Richard Gates, told Echonetdaily, ‘This is a major victory for aviation at Evans Head and puts a warning shot across the bow of federal minister Anthony Albanese, who keeps telling the aviation community local government is best placed to make decisions about the aviation infrastructure bequeathed to it under transfer deeds drawn up in 1992 when clearly this is not the case,’ he said.
‘Albanese has failed to enforce the deeds over 240 ALOP regional aerodromes around Australia and many have been lost to inappropriate development as a result of his hands off approach.’