AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Airport Advisory Committee

 

 

 

To be held on
Wednesday
8 August 2018

AT 6.00pm

 

 

 

Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets,
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
PO Box 20, Wagga Wagga

 

Phone: 1300 292 442
Fax: 02 6926 9199
Website: www.wagga.nsw.gov.au

 


Reports submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee to be held on Wednesday 8 August 2018.

Airport Advisory Committee AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Wednesday 8 August 2018

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE      PRECIS                                                                                                     PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                                   2

APOLOGIES

Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Reports from Staff

RP-1            PROTECTION OF AIRSPACE - AVIATION NOISE SENSITIVE AREAS                3

RP-2            Airport Review                                                                                              17

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1              Airport Advisory Committee Minutes - 1 May 2018       

 

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Airport Advisory Committee meeting held on 1 May 2018 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments  

1.

Minutes - Meeting held 1 May 2018

23

 

 

 

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


Report submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee on Wednesday 8 August 2018.                                                    RP-1

 

Reports from Staff

RP-1               PROTECTION OF AIRSPACE - AVIATION NOISE SENSITIVE AREAS

Author:          Darryl Woods 

Director:       Caroline Angel

         

 

Analysis:

The aim of this report is to determine a preferred option for managing aviation noise over noise sensitive areas adjacent to the Wagga Wagga Airport.

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee

a       note the submissions received from the Airport Advisory Committee members relating to Wagga Wagga Airport noise sensitive areas

b       note the advice provided in the report in response to questions and comments raised in the submission lodged by REX

c        recommend the preferred option for managing aviation noise over noise sensitive areas adjacent to the Wagga Wagga Airport to enable a report to be presented to Council detailing the recommendation made by the Committee

 

Report

At the 1 May 2018 Airport Advisory Committee the following was recommended:

 

That the Committee:

a       note the contents of this report

b       note Council’s role and responsibilities in the protection of airspace under the National Airports Safeguarding Framework

c        note Council’s duty of care to minimise aviation related noise pollution over noise sensitive areas

d       consider the options detailed in the body of this report, and provide feedback to Council by the 30 May 2018, in preparation for a report be presented to Council recommending an option

 

Council received three submissions from committee members as per attached. The submission from REX posed questions and the attached is provided in response to these questions.

 

Financial Implications

N/A

Policy and Legislation

N/A

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Leadership and Collaboration

Objective: We have strong leadership

Outcome: We plan long term

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

To be discussed during the meeting.

Internal / External Consultation

Airservices Australia – National Information and Complaints Services

Aviation Noise Ombudsman

The Office of Airspace Regulation

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) - Safety Assurance Branch

 

Attachments  

 

1.

Protection of Airspace - Aviation Noise Sensitive Areas - G Breust

 

2.

Protection of Airspace - Aviation Noise Sensitive Areas - REX

 

3.

Protection of Airspace - Aviation Noise Sensitive Areas - C Cabot

 

4.

Protection of Airspace - Response to REX Questions and Comments

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee on Wednesday 8 August 2018.                                                                           RP-1

 


 


 


 


Report submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee on Wednesday 8 August 2018.                                                                           RP-1

 


Report submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee on Wednesday 8 August 2018.                                                                           RP-1

 


 



 


 


 


 


Report submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee on Wednesday 8 August 2018.                                                    RP-2

 

RP-2               Airport Review

Author:          Darryl Woods 

Director:       Caroline Angel

         

 

 

Analysis:

Consider the elements listed in the proposed Wagga Wagga Airport Review.

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee:

a      consider, discuss and review the items contained in this report relating to the high level review of the Wagga Wagga Airport

b      provide feedback or suggestions on the high level Airport Review by 31 August  2018

c      recommend Council staff to collate all feedback and develop the detailed requirements for Council endorsement to proceed to tender for the specialist consultant to undertake the Wagga Wagga Airport review and develop the airport masterplan

 

Report

AIRPORT REVIEW – HIGH LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Background

Council has a 30 year lease with the Commonwealth of Australia - Department of Defence for exclusive use for the purpose of a civil aerodrome to:

 

·        operate and maintain the Aerodrome in accordance with Commonwealth and State law/s

·        solely responsible for developing, operating and maintaining the Aerodrome, and maintain the Aerodrome in accordance with standards prescribed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

·        open, unrestricted and non-discriminatory access to the aerodrome by airline and aircraft operators, and including honouring any agreements that the Commonwealth may have extended to foreign entities

·        responsible for safety and security

·        collect charges and grant sub-leases

·        other obligation prescribed under the lease

 

The current lease expires on the 30 June 2025.

 

1.   AIRPORT GOVERNING STRUCTURE

Feedback and discussion

In the context of the lease obligations and Council broader obligations Airport Committee members are invited to discuss the merits of reviewing the Governing Structure of Wagga Airport.

 

 

 

 

2.   AIRPORT OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

Below is the operational management structure of the Airport. While all staff are certified as Aerodrome Reporting Officers (ARO) the roster rotates to provide areas of focus and duties. The staff rosters also overlap to provide manned coverage of the airport between the hours from 5:00am to 9:00pm weekdays.

 

Requirement

Review Council’s management structure employed at Wagga Airport and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the airport management considering:

 

a)   Best practice management structures of comparable airports

b)   Staffing levels and ability of Council to respond to absenteeism and sickness

c)   Review of staff positions and accountabilities

d)   Any other matter considered relevant

3.   FUTURE AIRPORT TENURE

Requirement

Review the Airport Lease between Wagga Wagga City Council and the Commonwealth of Australia.  Recommend to Council a favourable commercially viable model for tenure of the Airport that provides further flexibility and agility in being able to configure and respond to commercial aviation opportunities.

 

While this item will also feature in the Masterplan for the Airport, a separate analysis is warranted to ensure that future requirements and commercial aviation activities are supported with whatever agreements are entered into.

 


 

4.   COST MANAGEMENT REVIEW

Requirement

Review the airport accounts including the following key areas:

 

a)  Depreciation of assets

b)  Cost recovery

c)   Operational expenditure

d)  Benchmark against comparable airports

 

5.   REVENUE

Requirement

Review Wagga Airport charging end to end. Explore additional revenue opportunities.  Benchmark comparable airport fees and charges.

 

6.   RPT MARKET COMPETIVNESS

Requirement

Review the RPT ticket pricing within the region and national marketplace.

 

7.   AIRPORT MASTERPLAN

The current Airport Master Plan was developed during FY2009/10, and adopted on 17 June 2010.

 

This Airport Master Plan established the strategic vision to establish Wagga Wagga as a world-class aviation education and training city and its Airport as A Centre of National Aviation Significance.  This strategic vision capitalises on, and is driving the further development of, a number of related initiatives that are likely to enhance and further define this vision in the near-term.  In the medium- term, however, this strategic direction can be expected to lead to a significantly increased level of flying and other aviation training activity at Wagga Wagga airport.

 

Within the framework of projected community economic growth, and aircraft and passenger movements, the specific objectives were:

 

·          Prioritise the core functions of Wagga Wagga Airport

·          Create a strategic framework to detail and facilitate future planned growth and development of the Airport whilst accounting for existing infrastructure

·          Take an integrated approach to aviation, land and commercial development, environmental management and surface transportation

·          Provide airport stakeholders a planning context for use in their own planning processes

·          Develop a strategy to enable the continued safe operation of the airport in a financially responsible and feasible manner

·          Identify commercially profitable revenue generating activities at the Airport including opportunities to develop a cluster of aviation based commercial activities

·          Reflect the economic strengths and opportunities of Wagga Wagga relevant to industry and business

 


 

The development strategy is based on a staged development, and based on low, medium and high growths rates.  It further acknowledge the continued presence on the airport of Defence unique infrastructure and operations, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and Airservices Australia (AsA) air navigation services and infrastructure.

 

Since adoption and implementing of some elements of the Master Plan, the environmental and economic factors considered during development of the plan have changed. The 5-year review of the Master Plan was intentionally delayed until the identified factors have been confirmed.

 

Requirements

 

The review of the Master Plan will be conducted during FY2018/19, with the following significant changed environmental factors to be considered:

 

·        Regulatory requirements in terms of aircraft parking clearance, necessitating redesign of RPT apron parking bays and taxi lanes.

·        The relocation of Defence infrastructure and operations from the airport airside (short term).

·        Reduction in footprint of the BoM infrastructure and services in the transition to automated weather observations (short to medium term).

·        The reduction of AsA land-based navigation systems (longer term).

·        Lack of and increasing demand for, non-aviation commercial business at the airport.

·        Insufficient capacity within the car park and lack of operating space for car hire companies.

·        An increasing demand for additional commercial aviation operations and infrastructure in support of such operations.

 

The review of the Master Plan will identify and prioritise elements in the capital works program and Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP).  The current Capital Works Program priorities are:

 

1.   Lighting Upgrade - Obsolescence

2.   Taxiway upgrade – Degradation and Capacity

3.   Terminal project and security regulatory changes - Regulatory

4.   Terminal front of house and disability access facilitation plan – Access

5.   Don Kendall and Walsh Drive resurfacing - Degradation

 

Financial Implications

The majority of the proposed Airport Review items in this report will be completed by input from both Council’s current management staff and the Airport Advisory Committee members. There is $40K in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial year budgets ($20K each year) for the Airport Business Plan, and this budget will be used to fund specialised consultant reports when required. 


 

Policy and Legislation

Civil Aviation Act 1988

Airports Act 1996

Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996

National Airports Safeguarding Framework

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Leadership and Collaboration

Objective: We have strong leadership

Outcome: We plan long term

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

N/A

Internal / External Consultation

The review will require consultation with all stakeholder groups.

 

 

 

  

 

   


Report submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee on Wednesday 8 August 2018.

 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE 

 


Reports submitted to the Airport Advisory Committee to be held on Wednesday 8 August 2018.