Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery

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.

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