It is so sad to finally realize that the Coffs Council is going to pull down the Air Cadet building ($500,000.00) at the old Coffs Harbour airport.
By Chris Tyson
This building was hard fought for and all monies were raised by the Air Cadets, the Parent committee, local businesses and charities. In the early days The Cadets had paraded at other locations that proved to small for the growing Squadron plus Instructors lugging teaching aids in their cars every week became impossible.
Hence the decision to build their own building. Now they are being asked to go back to the bad old days with no real compensation for what they are about to loose. (At times between 40 to 60 Cadets).
A first class facility for the youth of Coffs Harbour being closed down by Corporate Greed. Shame.
This was first published on Facebook on February 16 2019
Editors note: The following comments were posted below the above item on Facebook (my emphasis added):
Andrew Fraser A disgrace! CHCC have an absolute obligation to build them another facility, but unfortunately are intent on flogging the airport to try and pay for the “Glasshouse” (aka new Council Chambers) in the centre of town.3L
Paul Bamford This is typical of Councils which are not in touch with the local community, they are only interested in THEIR own agendas and even though it may be over a few years, they will still do the damage as displayed with selling off the land from under the Air Cadets without giving them the same, IF not better facilities at the Airport and with room for growth in the future.
Isn’t it the most logical location to have the Air Cadets? A place where young enthusiastic recruits interested in aviation (and the Military) can SEE AIRCRAFT, HEAR AIRCRAFT and SMELL AIRCRAFT (especially burning Avtur), it gets “into your blood”, but many would not understand or have experienced it. I suppose Council will want the Navy Cadets moved away from the Jetty in the near future.
The airport would also be the idea place for the Army Barracks and Army Cadets where they can train, doing security exercises around Coffs Airport and also be picked up at their “front doors” by the RAAF transport aircraft to go on Exercises, and at the same time gaining a few more precious car parts near Centrelink, Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool and Fitzroy Oval.
Both of our daughters did Air Cadets here in Coffs and I would have done the same if the Air Cadets were here in Coffs back in the 1960s, but I ended up joining the RAAF in 1970 following my father’s footsteps. The Air Cadets are a training ground all over Australia of young adults, from which many migrate into the RAAF as their chosen career path. Others, because of the training and discipline in the Air Cadets, go onto to join either the Police Force, Fire Brigade or Ambulance Service and many are also found in the SES.
The Coffs Harbour “Glass House” is going to be like Port Macquarie’s, with insufficient parking and Council relying on the existing Town Centre car park, which is what the struggling Town Centre retailers rely on for staff and customers to park. There is NO need for Council Chambers to be in the Town Centre, they could sell all their (OUR) land and have sufficient cash to build in a more appropriate location, such as City Hill, which is where the Library and Art gallery should be.
It is quite obvious to me (and others I have spoken to) that OUR Council has plenty of money as they are currently wasting OUR rates on glorifying THEMSELVES on TV Advertisements. They better not ask for a Rate Increase in the near future.
Rob Trezise Tell me this isn’t so !! Have they been offered a replacement or maybe join with the TS Vendetta in a joint facility ? At the airport or harbour ?What is the CHCC doing this for? The lunatics have taken over the asylum if this goes ahead😡1
Chris Tyson The council have offered to build an extension onto the Aero Club at 1/3 the size and shared by 3 other parties. Like we say back to the bad old days of carried all training aids as the original building is only just big enough as it is. In the mean time they will have to parade back at the Army base which was always to small. It would be nice to think that they could reimburse the Cadets or build a replacement – knowing there (sic) track record this will not happen.
- Chris Tyson The council have offered to build an extension onto the Aero Club at 1/3 the size and shared by 3 other parties. Like we say back to the bad old days of carried all training aids as the original building is only just big enough as it is. In the mean time they will have to parade back at the Army base which was always to small. It would be nice to think that they could reimburse the Cadets or build a replacement by knowing there track record this will not happen.