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Richard Rudd wins against Mareeba Council

Richard Rudd wins against Mareeba Council


Today the Supreme Court of Queensland upheld the Application by Mr. Richard Rudd to have Mareeba Shire Council return his hangar at Mareeba Airport and for his continuing occupation.
It was a condition of the lease that Mr. Rudd did not reside at Lease N.

On the 31 August 2020, Mareeba Shire Council issued a notice to remedy saying Mr. Rudd was using the premises for residential purposes.

Mareeba Council said Mr. Rudd was residing, despite Mr. Rudd giving evidence to Council of his actual place of residence since June 2016.

Mareeba Shire continued the action alleging further misdeeds including “doing maintenance”.

On 20th January 2021, Mareeba Shire Council locked Mr. Rudd out of his hangar.

The Supreme Court judgement by Justice J. Henry awarded Mr. Rudd repossession of his hangar and continuing use.


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Some background:

Supreme Court Judgement 11th August 2021












Summary by Richard Rudd

Mareeba Council refuses to talk to Aviation stalwart


From Richard (Rudd)

A little history.

I first came to Mareeba airstrip in 1970 with an old aircraft.

In 1972 I called the first meetings in Cairns that resulted the Far North Queensland Soaring Centre, a sailplane and glider flying training group that operated for over 30 years at this field and a strip at Springmount.

Northair Surveys, the aerial mapping company I used to operate built the hangar on Lease F in 1988.

Hangar on Lease N was purchased from the previous lease holder/hangar owner and was finalised in 2016..

Two years ago I called the first meetings in my hangar, with a like minded group of aviators to discuss the need/ feasibility of establishing an Air Museum.

No such facility to tell the aviation heritage of FNQ or the beginnings of Mareeba airfield in WW2 was in existence. That idea has been embraced by many others and the younger generation and will soon become a reality.

You are all aware of the plans and future benefits to tourism, aviation activities and restoration of aircraft, etc for the airfield and the Shire with the Far North Queensland Aviation Museum.

My life time collection of aviation philately, stamps and commemorative flight envelopes, ephemera, posters, maps, photographs, engines and aircraft were to be gifted to FNQAM.

Along with all my tools, work benches, and artifacts, aircraft hardware and fittings for the museum and restoration workshops.

This action by Mareeba Shire Council has terminated this intent.


In the hangar there is a 1941 Stearman Bi-plane, which was used in filming TORA, TORA, TORA – the Japanese version of Pearl Harbour.

This is fully restored and ready to fly.

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