Before you read the rest of this, Victorians can sign this petition NOW by going to https://parliament.vic.gov.au/index.php?option=com_rsform&view=rsform&formId=74&Itemid=1054&petition_id=183

Since May 2019, Peninsula Aero Club and businesses at Tyabb’s Mornington Peninsula Airport have been under threat of closure by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. This may result in the loss of an irreplaceable asset and up to 100 full-time equivalent jobs.

The airport has been operating successfully for almost 60 years.

The Shire’s aim is to change the Planning Scheme and it has resolved to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to exhibit proposed changes prior to embarking on the process of amendment of the Planning Scheme.

The Shire’s proposed changes, if introduced, are highly likely to strangle operations and make the airport, flying school and all airport businesses unviable.

The Peninsula Aero Club has trained thousands of pilots, many have become airline, ADF or emergency services pilots and aircrew. Many aviation engineers started their careers at Mornington Peninsula Airport and have worked all over the world with major airlines. Local secondary schools send students to Peninsula Aero Club to learn to fly, working towards becoming commercial pilots and building professional aviation careers.

The Airport is famous for its collection of antique, vintage and ex-military aircraft, which include  some of the world’s last flying examples. They can be seen at Tyabb.

The Shire finally backed off its first attack after people power came to our aid following Shire’s refusing PAC’s request to allow it to conduct the famous Tyabb Airshow this year.

We now need the local and aviation community to stand up for us again.

We ask all Victorians to sign our Parliamentary Petition asking the Minister for Planning to refuse authorisation for this aggressive push by the Shire to unilaterally impose debilitating conditions that will see the closure of the airport, destroying jobs and emergency services’ capabilities, especially fire-fighting, air ambulance and Police Air Wing.

We urgently need 10,000 Victorians to sign this petition and save this unique place and our jobs. 

That link again

https://parliament.vic.gov.au/index.php?option=com_rsform&view=rsform&formId=74&Itemid=1054&petition_id=183

Jack Vevers
President – Peninsula Aero Club

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