Australian ‘Airpark dream goes on display’

Living on an airpark is a dream for many pilots and aircraft owners, and not just those located in the United States. John Presser is one step closer to making that a reality in his eastern Australia community of Kensington in Queensland. The Kensington Lakes Residential Airpark (click here for sky view map) is early in the development stage, but “going fine”, according to Mr. Pressler.

If Kensington Lake becomes a reality, it will become just the second known residential airpark in Australia

Read the complete story from the NewsMail of Bundaberg, Qeensland below.

Airpark dream goes on display

July 22, 2008
By Kallee Buchanan

The dream of flying a plane right to the home of aviation enthusiasts is now one step closer as stage five of John Pressler’s airpark development goes on display.

Mr Pressler said the Kensington Lakes Residential Airpark on Johanna Boulevard would incorporate about 115 air-access lots, and 510 conventional residential lots.

“Everything’s going fine,” Mr Pressler said of the development’s progress.

He said the project was an ambitious one.

“This is a big lot development,” Mr Pressler said.

“It’s a planned community which is quite comprehensive by any standard.”

A spokeswoman for Bundaberg Regional Council said town planners had requested more information from the developer, owing to the size of the airpark.

“Council now has that information so the development application can now be advertised,” the spokeswoman said.

Mr Pressler said he was happy with how the project was progressing.

“We’ve got concept plans,” he aid.

Mr Pressler said the request from council was not the only one he was dealing with.

“We’ve currently got an information request from various agencies (like) Main Roads,” Mr Pressler said.

Along with the stand-alone residences, the park will include a four-hectare retirement village, five and seven-storey lakefront buildings boasting 360 units, businesses and a local shopping centre.

It will all centre around 10ha of lake, with a promenade and areas of parks, trails and gardens. Air-access lots will have hangars and taxi ways linking to Bundaberg Airport.

Mr Pressler said the scope of the project meant some details were still being determined. “At this point of time now, you don’t have the intricate detail,” Mr Pressler said.

He said the detailed design of the lake would be presented to council.

“Bearing in mind there is an enormous amount of work that has to be done by consultants,” Mr Pressler said.

The plans for the airpark are available at council for viewing until September 3, and signed, written submissions can be made until then.

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