Albury council candidate for the citizen’s and ratepayer’s group John Emmery has announced plans to save the dilapidated DC-2 Uiver at Albury’s airport, by turning it into a cafe-at the ratepayer’s expense.
Council figures have estimated the restoration at $300 000.
Howard Hinde, chairman of the Uiver Memorial Community Trust, said his committee had estimates made several years ago.
“…we had studies done that went up to $400,000 five years ago — the costs have escalated and the plane has deteriorated since then.”
Mr Hinde said the cost of housing the plane had not been taken into account, and council estimates had previously run to more than $1 million.
Mr Emmery favoured a plan modelled on examples in the US, where the interior of the aircraft is turned into a cafe with the opportunity of using the wing as a balcony for tables and chairs, claiming the plane could be restored for $125,000.
He said a $1 rate increase per quarter could help pay for most of the work over a 12-month period.
I think clearly writing a blank cheque for a white elephant which has already cost the people of Albury $1 million for yet another pig-in-a-poke enterprise is the ONLY responsible course of action, clearly.