Cooktown is setting its sights on becoming a major servicing centre in the South Pacific for fixed and rotary wing aircraft with the development of three industrial estate allotments at the airport that will lead to local jobs and private investment.
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* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
Building our Regions funding made this project possible as the 106,000km2 shire—the gateway to Cape York Peninsula—has a ratepayer base of just 2800.
This project is part of council's master plan to develop the aviation industry with the long-term goal of becoming a regionally significant aviation precinct servicing the Cape and Asia Pacific region.
One company has signed a 99-year lease, bringing seven full-time jobs including an engineer, apprentice, manager, administration staff and a pilot, while another has expressed strong interest.
Independent economic modelling commissioned by council shows these two operations could generate an additional $9.24 million of local economic activity per year once fully operational.
Council expects to generate an additional $101,000 per year in revenue through leasehold receipts, council rates, additional landing fees, and Avgas and Jet A1 fuel sales.
The aviation park will support jobs and apprenticeships in aircraft engine, airframe, instrument and cabin maintenance, signage and spray painting, arrivals and departures, and related sectors.
Diversifying the economy by supporting this emerging sector will provide a confidence boost to the community and create jobs and apprenticeships for young people who may otherwise have to leave town to find work.
Council will liaise with schools to ensure a growing skills base to offer more career opportunities.
Better health and education connectivity.
Improved disaster responses by air, such as food drops and evacuations.
As a member of the Reef Guardian Councils program, council will manage potential impacts such as erosion, noise, dust and the quality of water flowing into the Endeavour River and the Great Barrier Reef.
Development of an industrial estate with three allotments.
Enabling infrastructure including a new taxiway 320m long by 18m wide and with a 20,000kg load-bearing capacity.
Disclaimer: Information on this page may change over the life of the project. Funding amounts referenced are as approved.