Airport named in honour of men
HOMAGE was paid to former mayor George Creed and outgoing Gladstone Regional Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski yesterday when the airport terminal was named after the pair.
At the public open day, the Creed-Kanofski Airport Terminal Building and airport runway redevelopment were unveiled.
Leonie Creed unveiled the commemorative plaque on behalf of her late husband.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said Mr Creed and Mr Kanofski’s joint association with the airport had led to its growth and the eventual redevelopment, which had been the single largest capital investment by Gladstone Regional Council since amalgamation in 2008.
“The unique Creed-Kanofski partnership turned the ambitious vision into reality.
The facility naming is a tribute to the hard work and exceptional dedication by George Creed and Graeme Kanofski over the years,” Cr Sellers said.
“The commitment and drive of these two community figureheads, to see this project to fruition, has been inspirational.”
Cr Creed was Mayor of Gladstone Regional Council at the time the decision was made to commit to the redevelopment of Gladstone Airport, and his passion and understanding for aviation provided the political will needed to drive this project.
Cr Creed retired from office on September 21 last year due to ill health and died on November 29.
Mr Kanofski’s experience in leading a team of airport and engineering experts ensured the redevelopment of could be completed without interruption to functional airline services.