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Warnervale Airport is owned by Central Coast Council. The Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act 1996 (the Act) imposes restrictions on the future development and operation of the airport.


A review of the Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act 1996 is being undertaken by Abigail Goldberg with support from aviation specialist Peter Fiegehen. The objective of the review is to reduce uncertainty created by the activation of the ‘flight movement restriction’ provisions of the Act.


The public has had an opportunity to make a formal submission on the Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act 1996 from Wednesday, 22 January 2020 until 5pm, Friday 28 February 2020.


All public submissions will be taken into consideration in the drafting of recommendations for the review report, which is due to be passed to the Minister of Planning and Public Spaces in April 2020.


Abigail Goldberg has extensive experience in infrastructure, resources, urban planning and transport both in Australia and overseas. She is the Chair of Ryde and Willoughby Local Planning Panels and an Associate to UTS’ Institute for Public Policy and Governance, and has been an Advisor for a range of Government agencies including NSW Treasury and Infrastructure NSW.


Peter Fiegehen is a Director of the Pacific Region for the Air Traffic Control Association and has international experience in corporate, government and defence aviation industries. He is a qualified subject matter expert in airport management.


The review will look at the Airport’s operations under the Act and assess how the airport should be regulated into the future. It will consider a wide array of aspects, including its provision for flight movements and runway length, to how the airport is run and how well the Act interacts with other legislation.


While the review will consider the impact of the Act, commercial decisions about the Airport are a matter for Central Coast Council as its owner.


View the Terms of Reference for the review on the planning portal.

Key dates for the review


Wednesday 22 January 2020 – 8am
Open of public submission on the Act 
Wednesday 26 February 2020 – 5pm
Close of registrations for verbal submissions
Friday 28 February 2020 – 2pm to 5pm
Public forum for verbal submissions.
Friday 28 February 2020 – 5pm
Close of written and online submissions
Tuesday 31 March 2020
Finalisation of the review report
April 2020
Recommendations passed to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces