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Purpose

The Toowoomba Aerodrome Advisory Committee provides the community with a link to Council regarding aerodrome issues and provides Council with guidance and assistance on the functions and responsibilities listed below.

Functions

The primary functions of the Toowoomba Aerodrome Advisory Committee are to:

  • represent the interests of aircraft operators and aerodrome businesses to Council and the broader community.
  • provide input to Council on aircraft operator and business owner development issues and Council projects for the Toowoomba City Aerodrome.
  • provide perspective into Council's continuous improvement processes concerning Toowoomba City Aerodrome matters.
  • assist Council in the identification of emerging issues and trends relative to the needs of aviation in the region.
  • provide assistance and/or advice with specific projects (identified by Council and/or the advisory committee).
  • assist Council in disseminating appropriate material to facilitate community dialogue in regard to aviation and Toowoomba City Aerodrome matters.

Expression of Interest TCAAC

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is calling for nominations from residents who are interested in serving on the Toowoomba City Aerodrome Advisory Committee (TCAAC).

TRC Infrastructure Services Committee portfolio leader Cr Melissa Taylor said Council was seeking nominations to fill eight voluntary positions on the committee. Nominations close on Friday, August 7.

“The role of the TCAAC is to advise Council on matters relevant to the future growth of Toowoomba City Aerodrome,” Cr Taylor said.

Cr Taylor said TCAAC’s main topics of interest included:

  • Representing the interests of aircraft operators and aerodrome businesses to Council and the broader community,
  • Providing input to Council on aircraft operator and business owner development issues and Council projects for the Toowoomba City Aerodrome,
  • Providing perspective on Council's continuous improvement processes concerning Toowoomba City Aerodrome matters,
  • Assisting Council to identify emerging issues and trends relative to the needs of aviation in the region,
  • Assisting and/or advising with specific projects (identified by Council and/or the advisory committee), and
  • Assisting Council in disseminating material to aid community dialogue relating to aviation and Toowoomba City Aerodrome matters.

Cr Taylor said advice provided by TCAAC had helped Council develop a 10-year, staged development plan for the aerodrome.

“The aerodrome supports about 30 leaseholders and respective business activities and is a vital link in the region’s transport network,” Cr Taylor said.

“Council has made significant infrastructure investments at the facility in recent years to support ongoing civil, emergency and associated aviation operations at the site.

“The aerodrome is a base for emergency services, including The Royal Flying Doctor Service and CareFlight.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services established a formal operations base at the aerodrome in the past year and previously has used the aerodrome during firefighting operations.”

Cr Taylor said expressions of interest for positions on the advisory committee could be emailed to info@tr.qld.gov.au or posted to Toowoomba Regional Council, PO Box 3021, Toowoomba, Qld, 4350. Please outline your previous experience or field of interest.

The committee’s term will coincide with the current Council, ending in 2024.

Membership regulations

The Toowoomba Aerodrome Advisory Committee will consist of up to eight members, which must include a minimum of one Councillor, appointed by a resolution of Council.  Where any Councillor cannot attend a meeting of the advisory committee, another Councillor delegated by the first Councillor may act as a member of the Advisory Committee for that meeting. The remainder of the Committee will be appointed by the Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with Council's appointed representative, after offers of interest are called in the manner described below.

  • Appointment to the Advisory Committee will be made on the term of the current elected Council basis.
  • Expressions of interest for new advisory committee members will be advertised regionally (via papers, internet and local networks).
  • Replacement of resigned members during the year shall be at the discretion of the advisory committee and authorised by Council.
  • Council will provide appropriate support and resourcing to the advisory committee.
  • The Chief Executive Officer may nominate relevant staff to assist the Advisory Committee, however, staff will not be members of the Advisory Committee or have voting entitlements.

All members of the Advisory Committee may vote on business before the committee, except where the member has a conflict of interest.

If any member of the advisory committee is absent from three consecutive meetings without having obtained leave of absence from the committee, the member’s continued membership on the advisory committee will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for determination.

The advisory committee has the authority to establish special interest sub-groups and working groups as required addressing specific matters identified by the advisory committee. These sub-groups (established under the same terms and conditions as the advisory committee) must report back to the advisory committee.

The terms of reference and operation of the advisory committee will be reviewed on an annual basis with the aim of ensuring its ongoing relevance and sustainability.

Background/scope

The Toowoomba Aerodrome Advisory Committee is constituted under Section 264 and 265 of the Local Government Regulations 2012, which empowers the Toowoomba Regional Council to appoint advisory committees.

Tenure of committee and membership

The Toowoomba Aerodrome Advisory Committee shall be established for the period of the term of the current elected Council, unless disbanded earlier by Council resolution.