Space port proposals met with strong opposition in past

SPACEPORT proposals in Australia have been off the radar for many years, since one proposed at a site near Cape York in the 1980s.

In 1986 and 1987, the Queensland Government commissioned feasibility studies for a launch site on Cape York.

The studies were used in a proposal document in 1987 with a call for expressions of interest.

The advantages of Cape York as a possible Spaceport site included its proximity to the Equator, its weather and geographical situation, which were similar to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The idea eventually flopped.

There were many reasons for the demise of the Cape York project, including: little political interest shown by the Australian Government, high taxpayer-funded costs to set up the infrastructure and strong opposition from the Cape York Land Council.



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