Shire supports Tyabb 2020 Airshow

Published on 03 July 2019

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Shire supports Tyabb 2020 Airshow

3 July 2019

In a recent media release, titled ‘Tyabb Airshow 2020 Can’t Get Off the Ground’, the Peninsula Aero Club (PAC) stated wrongly ‘the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has informed PAC that they will not be supporting a permit application to run the Air show in 2020’.

This statement is completely false.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said no one wants to lose the Airshow, it is a great event for the Peninsula, providing significant charitable donations for the local community and a showcase for aero enthusiasts.

“The PAC just need to apply for the normal permit to help ensure the Airshow can continue.

“We will assist the PAC in the correct planning approval process, so the 2020 Airshow can go ahead.

“We provided direction to the PAC more than a month ago about what needs to happen.

“I encourage the PAC to work with Council to progress the planning approval process,” concluded Councillor Gill.

This position was reiterated at the Watson Ward Community Meeting held in the Tyabb Hall on Monday 1 July 2019.

Attended by close to 180 residents, a significant part of the evening was devoted to answering questions about the Tyabb Airfield.

Mayor Councillor David Gill, Watson Ward Councillor Julie Morris, Acting CEO Niall McDonagh, Director Planning and Building David Bergin and Planning Compliance Manager Paul Lewis all confirmed Council’s support for the 2020 Airshow and restated their commitment to work with the PAC and local businesses to develop an Airfield Master Plan.

Councillor Morris said “the recent correspondence to the PAC and associated businesses regarding compliance and permits was as a result of a legal review”. This was put by Cr Morris to her colleagues for approval in March as a Notice of Motion, designed to achieve greater certainty and clarity around the current use of the Tyabb Airfield. 

“A Master Plan will provide certainty for both the PAC and the community for many, many years, regarding the future use and development of the Tyabb airfield, which is the best outcome for everyone involved,” concluded Councillor Morris. 

CEO John Baker and PAC President Jack Vevers will meet regularly to progress the development of the Master Plan.