Central Coast Council to ask NSW Auditor General to conduct independent financial audit of Central Coast Airport

UP IN THE AIR: Central Coast Airport at Warnervale. Picture: David Stewart
UP IN THE AIR: Central Coast Airport at Warnervale. Picture: David Stewart

Central Coast Council will ask the NSW Auditor General to conduct an independent financial audit and performance review into all matters relating to Central Coast airport at Warnervale.

A mayoral minute on the matter was endorsed at the council meeting on Monday night.

Council will request that the review consider all relevant information related to the development of a regional airport including proposals for Kiar Ridge and for the development of an aviation hub at Central Coast Airport.

Mayor Jane Smith said the future of Central Coast airport needed to be resolved.

“This report will ensure transparency and openness and will equip council with all the necessary information to move forward with decisions related to the airport,” Cr Smith said.

TRAINING GROUND: Lake Macquarie’s Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall famously started his aviation education at Warnervale. Picture: David Stewart

TRAINING GROUND: Lake Macquarie’s Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall famously started his aviation education at Warnervale. Picture: David Stewart

The airport has long been the subject of controversy, plans, abandoned plans, and ongoing speculation.

Council will request that relevant proposals, financial records, development applications and potential conflicts of interest be considered.

It will also be requested that any review will invite and consider public submissions, including confidential submissions, if necessary.

Council will request that the Auditor General provide specific advice on:

  • Processes and decision-making relating to the Airport and Wyong Employment Zone including anomalies in the process and proposals and any areas that may not meet community expectations;
  • Any improvements needed in Council processes;
  • Any declared or undeclared conflicts of interest; and
  • Any matters requiring referral to external agencies for further investigations.

Council’s chief executive officer Gary Murphy will provide council with a quarterly report on the progress of the review and the Auditor-General will be requested to provide an interim report by the end of June 2019. 

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