SKY'S THE LIMIT FOR GAYNDAH AERODROME
THE Gayndah Aerodrome Ted Kirk Field was officially opened last weekend, with honoured guests travelling from far and wide to try the new runway.
North Burnett Regional Mayor Rachel Chambers said the council was grateful to all the guests who made the trip.
“They said if we built it, or in this case rebuilt it, they will come and I think you certainly did and we are very grateful for that,” Mrs Chambers said.
“It is always lovely to have an official engagement as it gives us a great excuse to get people of influence into our region to hear about some of the issues.”
Queensland Assistant Minister for Local Government Jennifer Howard drove to Gayndah to be able to open the new aerodrome and said it was always a pleasure to visit the regions.
“Today we are celebrating the reopening of the Gayndah Aerodrome after upgrades, which is a part of a larger upgrade program which includes two other aerodromes located at Monto and Mundubbera,” Ms Howard said.
“The Queensland Government has allocated $8.2 million in the North Burnett and over $3 million of that has been used to undertake upgrades to the Gayndah Aerodrome.”
The funds were used across the board to help restore the aerodrome.
“Including rehabilitating the existing taxiway and apron pavement, strengthening and widening the existing runway from 18 metres to 23 metres, upgrading the aeronautical ground lighting and undertaking general upgrades,” Ms Howard said.
“And also providing associated services and upgrades for the disaster management co-ordination centre, which is a pretty spectacular building.”
Ms Howard said the work done was crucial to the continued safety of regional citizens and to keep vital services running.
“All of this work has been critical in improving safety for aircraft and passengers using the aerodrome and has also ensured that the Royal Flying Doctor Service can continue to safely access the North Burnett community,” Ms Howard said.
“Without these upgrades it is increasingly likely that patients would have needed to be transferred by road, adding two hours to the average trip.”
Ms Howard said the funding was part of the State Government’s commitment to the strength of regional Queensland.
“The Queensland Government is very proud to have provided this funding towards projects like this,” Ms Howard said.
“We recognise that the regions are the backbone of the Queensland economy and for that reason we are unswerving in our goal of fostering economic growth, supporting jobs and improving livability in our regional communities.”
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Mayor Rachel Chambers, Assistant Minister for Local Government Jennifer Howard, MP, and Member for Callide Jeff Seeney opening the Gayndah Aerodrome.