Construction of airport under way
THE flying doctor aircraft will never again get bogged while flying a patient out of Mundubbera airport in the dead of night.
Construction of the town’s new Civil Aviation Safety Authority-approved airport has started and the council’s district works supervisor Peter Van-Breemen said the increased length and width would make a difference to the community.
“I have been associated with this air-strip for 30 years and I have seen a lot of changes over the years,” he said.
“I remember when it was a grass strip, I had to get the flying doctors occasionally out of bogs so the plane could take off.”
Mayor Don Waugh said the new facility could open many doors for Mundubbera and the North Burnett.
“We will be able to land much larger aircraft in Mundubbera before the end of the financial year,” he said.
The airport will be equipped with new state-ofthe-art runway lighting.
Council engineer Steve McMillan said funding for the new facility come from Federal and State governments.
“The funding has allowed us to lift the height of the runway by 2m in the middle and that is 500mm above the 2013 flood height,” he said.
With CASA accreditation, commercial aircraft can make Mundubbera a destination and if there was to be any exploration and development of local mines, the option of fly in, fly out can be considered.