LEETON Shire Council will not be contributing funding for a new taxiway and associated works at the Narrandera-Leeton Airport.
Council made the decision at its recent August meeting, with councillors deciding a contribution wouldn't be made at this time.
However, council may revisit this once a business case is developed.
Should confirmation of a potential pilot academy training program at the airport also be given the green light, council said this may be a factor in changing its decision once any potential benefits to Leeton shire are understood.
The airport has this month been successful in receiving $1.1 million from the federal government for the work, but the remaining 50 per cent of the costings still has to be found.
The Narrandera-Leeton Airport is currently operated under the Memorandum of Understanding between Narrandera and Leeton shire councils, which will be updated within the first 12 months of the upcoming local government elections.
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One of the key points of this memorandum is operational costs less operating revenue is divided by three, with Narrandera paying 66 per cent and Leeton 33 per cent.
The idea of upgrading the airport with a taxiway is hoped to attract the Australian Airline Pilot Academy into establishing a campus at the facility.
Leeton Shire Council's general manager Jackie Kruger told the August meeting Leeton's responsibility under the current memorandum was directly related to passenger services at the airport.
Mayor Paul Maytom thanked Narrandera shire for putting forward a detailed document to Leeton shire to consider.
"However, I think it would be remiss of us to go ahead with this at this point ... it's not in our council delivery program (budget) and there may be other projects that need looking at in our delivery program first," he said.
"We're not saying we are totally opposed to it.
"We can certainly revisit once that business case has been developed.
"Council has certainly asked a lot of questions about this."
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