The future joint venture development of the Whitsunday Coast Airport is poised to gain momentum with Council’s Chief Executive Scott Waters now dedicated to the full time expression of interest process. Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney said that Council is currently seeking an expression of interest for a joint venture partner to conjointly deliver the growth and development of the Whitsunday Coast Airport, inclusive of Council’s aviation assets in Bowen and Collinsville. “The overall project is extensive and complex and will require the highest level of attention. As a result, Council’s Chief Executive Officer – Scott Waters, will be dedicated to this project on a full time basis, this will ensure the highest levels of community, investor and government engagement. “Council acknowledges the importance in delivering this project in a timely and successful manner whilst ensuring the project’s success and the very best outcome for our Community, “Given Scott’s skill set, there is no one better placed to deliver the project and ensure Council’s interests are upheld, throughout the process, “During this time, while Scott is dedicated to the EOI process, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2009, an Acting Chief Executive Officer has been appointed,” Mayor Jenny Whitney said. At today’s Ordinary Council meeting Councillors today resolved the appointment of Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Barry Omundson. “Barry comes with a wealth of experience from Maranoa and Mackay Regional Councils, and his appointment will ensure the delivery of our Budget. “We welcome the appointment of Mr Barry Omundson to the role of Acting Chief Executive and note his extensive experience in infrastructure management and his broad knowledge on our regions opportunities and issues.” Mayor Whitney said.