21 - 22 March 2017 | Swissotel Sydney, NSW Australia

Robert Evans

Nelson Airport NZ

09:00 Workshop A: What Local Councils Need to Know during Regional Airport Re-Development

When airports are undertaking re-development it’s important that both the council and the community are involved with the development process. This is in order to ensure that all stakeholders have a thorough understanding of the progression and outcomes that the airport will experience. This session will be beneficial to any council member that wants to learn more about airport re-development or any airport manager who is tasked with having to explain airport operations to council members.

It will include but not be limited to:
  • A rundown of the challenges and processes that councillors tend to have the most difficulty understanding about airport operations
  • Tactics for keeping explanations easy to understand and nontechnical for councillors and stakeholders who don’t have a background in aviation
  • Strategies for keeping communication open between councillors and airport managers
  • How airport managers and local council can work together to keep the community informed and supportive

12:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: How Airports and Local Councils can Prepare for the Future Together

This panel will bring together both airport managers and their patrons, local councils, to review and discuss current economic conditions and future instability. In doing so it will explore how each side can work together and discuss such questions as:
  • How can local councils shape master plans to incorporate airports into regional development?
  • What are some of the ways in which airports can consult with councils to receive stakeholder feedback?
  • How can local councils assist in airport compliance with CASA safety requirements and OH&S regulation?

09:10 CASE STUDY: Nelson Airport: Working Together with Local Community and Stakeholders to Secure Council Approval

Nelson airport is currently embarking on a NZD 35-40 million re-development. It will be the first timber airport in the southern hemisphere, expanding its car-parking and building a new terminal to cater for growth. All of this would not have been possible without the co-operation of the local council, the airlines and the community. As such, this session will discuss:
  • Developing councillors’ thorough understanding of aviation and tourism to have more productive discussions on cost-needs topics
  • Listening to airlines needs in order to strengthen existing services and appeal to new airlines
  • Planning with stakeholders for growth opportunities

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Robert.

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