Mayor forced out of ‘critical’ airport talks
MAYOR Mark Jamieson was forced to remove himself from special talks on the Sunshine Coast Airport’s expansion, which was dominated by critical deadlines, potential delays and the threat of a $10.5 million blow-out.
Cr Jamieson had received legal advice that he would be unable to take part in the Region Making Projects special meeting due to a conflict of interest.
He declared as the Local Government Association of Queensland president he was a representative of LGIA super, which held a 32 per cent stake in the airport.
Councillor Jason O’Pray said the mayor’s inability to vote on, or discuss, the airport was “ridiculous” and a “step too far”.
Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion director Ross Ullman told the meeting the past quarter on the project had been dominated by delays due to heavy rain at the site and the public backlash over flight paths.
Mr Ullman produced aerial photographs of the construction site that showed water pooled across large sections of the runway.