Councillor Chris Gryllis and Orange City Council’s commercial and emergency services manager Kel Gardiner were recorgised with the chairman’s award for driving future developments at Orange Regional Airport over the last 20 years.
The Australian Airport Association (AAA) has recognised the support of Councillor Chris Gryllis and Orange City Council’s commercial and emergency services manager Kel Gardiner.
Cr Gryllis and Mr Gardiner were presented with the chairman’s award by the association’s NSW branch chairman Lindsay Mason.
“It recognises the long service and contribution not just to Orange airport but the association itself,” Mr Mason said.
Mr Mason said both men had been instrumental in driving future developments at Orange Regional Airport over the last 20 years.
He highlighted the new terminal and infrastructure including the lengthened runway.
Mr Mason said the aviation industry required significant investment to see success and not just for airline operators.
“It’s capital intensive for airport operators,” he said.
“Runways aren’t just like roads.
“There’s a lot of science that goes into them.”
Mr Mason said the aviation industry had changed greatly during the 20 years that Cr Gryllis and Mr Gardiner had been involved with AAA.
“The industry changes so much and Chris has kept up with it, but also kept the community up to date with changes,” he said.
“Kel has done a lot for Orange,” Mr Mason said.
“He’s just about to retire from Orange City Council.
“He has been instrumental in the operation of Orange airport.
“He’s given great service to the association and the community.”
Cr Gryllis is chairman of council’s airport committee and has been a member of the AAA.
“I believe I’ve benefited but more importantly, so has the Orange airport and Orange council,” Cr Gryllis said.
He said association had helped create contacts in the industry which had supported its growth.
Cr Gryllis said airports weren’t a short-term endeavour.
“I’ve worked to make sure its here for the next 10 to 20 years,” he said.
“Kel has been a strong supporter of mine and vice versa.
“He’s really proactive and we have the number one airport in the district.”
Declan Rurenga, Cantral Western Daily