When it comes to issues such as noise levels at the Illawarra Regional Airport, the Airport Operations Working Party takes the community’s concerns straight to the operations team.
But time is up for the party’s current community members and Shellharbour City Council has invited locals to nominate themselves for the volunteer positions.
Representatives serve a two-year period, mediate between the community and airport management and participate in discussions on planning for the facility’s future.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the airport’s facilities provided exclusive opportunities for tourism, aviation and light industrial businesses.
‘‘Through ongoing collaboration with business and community representatives, we can ensure that this facility reaches its potential,’’ she said.
The party consists of a representative from each of the 16 businesses operating at the airport, two councillors, four council staff members and two community representatives.
Nominees must complete a questionnaire, meet the selection criteria and pass an assessment by a panel from the council.
A council spokesperson said candidates must not have a conflict of interest relating to the airport.
She said the qualities required include an interest in the airport, local knowledge and experience, and being a resident living in close proximity to the Illawarra Regional Airport.
Residents can obtain a nomination form by downloading one from www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au or contacting council on 4221 6102.