Taking off to new home

AUSTRALIAN Air League (AAL) squadron commanding officer Martin Rudd was “really pleased” with Bundaberg Regional Council's amended plans for the squadron's relocation, unanimously carried in yesterday's meeting.

“It's exactly what we were asking for - we're very appreciative of council,” Mr Rudd said.

Although an initial relocation agreement between AAL and council was made in June, the squadron will now be relocated to Kendalls Road Recreation Reserve instead of the Agro-Trend grounds.

Plus $50,000 has also been included for the relocation of the AAL in the 2009/10 budget, instead of the original $45,000 in funding.

“The old agreement was cost-prohibitive with the relocation and amount of works involved,” Mr Rudd said, referring to the original plans of relocating and retrofitting their hut from their old ground at the airport.

“Now we'll have a nice, firm, secure base to call our own.”

Mr Rudd said he expected the Kendalls Road Recreation Reserve base to be ready by January.

The squadron's prized possession, a flight simulator, will also be safe in its new home - helping to educate their 50 young members.

The investment from council is expected to benefit all four existing community clubs (table tennis, gem, bridge and genealogical) at the reserve, and the AAL, with a combined club membership of over 500.

The council report stated some auxiliary works would be required to accommodate the safety needs of the AAL, and to meet the various parking, drop off and set-down requirements of the existing clubs within the reserve.

The cost of these initial works was estimated at $15,000, which council will also cover.



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