The Geographical Names Board announced that Aeropelican Airport has been officially gazetted as Lake Macquarie Airport.
Located on the Pacific Highway at Marks Point, the airport is on a 15-hectare site adjacent to Lake Macquarie.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Jodie Harrison, said the renaming will now readily identify the major regional infrastructure asset with the City.
“The capital being invested by the Lake Macquarie Airport owners is a reflection of, and belief in, the vibrant and dynamic nature of the local economy,” Cr Harrison said.
“The tourism-related aspects of the Airport’s planned development and services offering are expected to be a major boost for the tourism industry, creating direct and indirect jobs growth in Lake Macquarie City.”
Meanwhile, the recent announcement of Lake Macquarie Airport as the successful tenderer to house NSW Health’s new helicopter emergency medical services for the region will require significant new infrastructure to be built on the airport and 24-hour employment of medical and flight staff based on site.
“This mix of tourism, infrastructure, medical and aviation investment and employment growth stemming from Lake Macquarie Airport is another example of the private sector’s commitment to invest in this City which is so effective, particularly when spheres of government partner with innovative developers offering sustainable operations,” Cr Harrison said.
Lake Macquarie is the fastest growing city in the Hunter, and one of the largest cities in New South Wales. Lake Macquarie Council is the Local Government area comprising of the town centres of Belmont, Cardiff, Charlestown, Glendale, Morisset, Mount Hutton, Swansea, Toronto and Warners Bay.