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THE Uiver memorial plane is set to find a permanent home at Albury Airport.
The Albury Council and the Uiver Memorial Museum Group will sign a heads of agreement on Monday after agreeing to terms that will secure the restoration and display of the DC2 aircraft.
The agreement, which has been seven months in the making, outlines the terms of a lease of land where a hangar will eventually be constructed to house the Uiver as a permanent display.
The group wants to develop an airport site adjacent to Bristol Court and close to the Riverina Highway.
Albury mayor Kevin Mack said the signing of the heads of agreement would be an historic moment in the Uiver story.
“Negotiations with the Uiver group have been very productive and we’ve reached terms that are suitable for both parties,” Cr Mack said.
“It’s great news for the community that we’ve been able to reach agreement.
“It paves the way for the eventual display of the Uiver in Albury.”
The heads of agreement outlines the future transfer of the aircraft to the group, the process for its restoration and establishment of a community trust which will oversee the eventual display.
It is the first milestone between the two parties since the council agreed to enter discussions in March.
The council has also agreed to provide a $300,000 interest-free loan to build the hangar.
The Mol family’s company Smartair will carry out the restoration of the DC2.
Uiver group spokesman Pieter Mol described Monday’s signing as a major step after the council accepted the group’s submission early this year.
“The core six members of the proposed board of the community trust are ready to start the process that will give the DC2 a new home,” he said.
Cr Mack and Uiver group members Nicole Fransen and Ivo Mol will sign the heads of agreement.
Meanwhile, the local aviation community will salute the Uiver at today’s airport open day.
Albury-Wodonga Antique Car Club will form a “runway” of 1930s and 1940s cars in front of the DC2 in a representation of the night cars lined the racecourse when the KLM entry in the London to Melbourne air race made a forced landing in Albury.