Con­struc­tion of air­port un­der way

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­

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.

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