Central Coast Council has prepared a draft Masterplan for the Central Coast Airport, informed by feedback collected via a telephone survey and through industry engagement undertaken in 2021/22.
The Masterplan details the development of land surrounding the Central Coast Airport at Warnervale and presents the Central Coast with a new economic sector that will stimulate employment and economic activity.
Under the proposal, Council intends to confirm those areas of Porters Creek Wetland that can be established as a stewardship site. As a stewardship site, the biodiversity values of Porters Creek Wetland will be protected in perpetuity.
Airports form an integral part of the Australian economy and are critical in connecting communities and enhancing the broader economic performance. Without access to local aviation services, the capacity for local trade and tourism to grow and compete with other major regional centres will be constrained. As the ninth largest region in Australia, the Central Coast is recognised as a substantial and significant growth corridor, yet it remains the only major population centre without a recognised and supported airport.
There have been many technical, financial, social and environmental complexities worked through in the development of the draft Central Coast Airport Masterplan.
The draft masterplan provides a roadmap for development of the airport precinct over the next 10 years. Safeguarding the airport by upgrading the runway and taxiways to a Code 2B in accordance with aviation design authority classification, gives greater clarity to potential and future use of the airport.
The runway is recommended to be widened from 10 metres to 23 metres, with the length remaining at 1200m. This will allow the airport to accommodate a wider array of aircraft up to an initial maximum take of weight (MTOW) of 10,000 kg, including but not limited to commonly utilised aircraft such as Beech King Air, Cessna Citation and the Beechcraft 1900.
The length of the runway is not suitable for regular passenger transport (excluding charter), with the masterplan seeking to explore expanded general aviation uses which may include, hangars, aircraft maintenance, charter operations, pilot training, aircraft sales and leasing, airport-related intermodal logistics, research and development.
The draft masterplan allows for the opportunity to expand employment activities, encourage greater tourism and has been developed in consideration of the important ecological constraints surrounding the airport lands and Warnervale Employment Zone (WEZ). Future investigation into the potential land use is proposed to both the west and east of the airport:
The outcomes of these areas will be supported by a detailed analysis of the ecological constraints to determine the preferred land use. This information will be reported back to Council for further consideration:
Between 14 December 2023 and 13 February 2024, we sought community feedback using an interactive map and encouraged written submissions.
We will publish the results of the exhibition in the coming months.
Where is the Central Coast Airport located?
The airport is located at 15 Jack Grant Avenue, Warnervale on 44 hectares of land zoned as IN1 – General Industrial.
Why has Council developed a masterplan for the Central Coast Airport?
The decision by the NSW Government to repeal the Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act 1996 provided Council with a clear signal regarding the future of the Central Coast Airport at Warnervale. Council is now getting on with what the NSW Government has asked of us in relation to planning for the Airport.
Will the existing runway be lengthened?
No, the draft Masterplan details the proposed development of land surrounding the Central Coast Airport at Warnervale. This does not include extending the length of the existing runway.
How will the environment be protected as part of the Master planning process?
The draft Masterplan has identified land required to support expansion of the Airport over the next 10 years. It has also identified land that can now be included in a stewardship site, which will provide protection in perpetuity. The Masterplanning process has also identified land for future investigation for either general aviation or conservation. Work to determine the preferred uses of the investigation area would be undertaken during the life of the proposed Masterplan.
How is the development of the Central Coast Airport Masterplan being funded?
Council will be exploring funding opportunities upon finalisation of the Masterplan.
Council exhibited the draft Central Coast Airport Masterplan over the holiday period, how did it ensure everyone had an opportunity to have their say?
We exhibited the draft Central Coast Airport Masterplan over an extended period to account for the summer holiday period.
To ensure the community was made aware of the public exhibition process, Council:
- conducted a mailbox distribution to approximately 40,000 homes surrounding the Central Coast Airport
- contacted stakeholders including industry personnel and environmental groups
- extended the exhibition period to not less than 60 days to ensure compliance with Council's Community Participation Plan.