$20k to fix safety is­sues at air­port

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO safety is­sues at the Grafton Re­gional Air­port could cost al­most $20,000 to fix.

A wide-rang­ing gen­eral man­ager’s report to the full meet­ing of Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil in Grafton to­mor­row will ask coun­cil­lors to ap­prove a bud­get vari­a­tion to rem­edy the prob­lems.

A Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity au­dit of the air­port in Novem­ber un­cov­ered two po­ten­tial safety prob­lems, which re­quired works to rem­edy.

One was a num­ber of re­dun­dant con­crete pads from the old light­ing sys­tem which are on the run­way area.

Coun­cil staff have es­ti­mated the cost of their re­moval at $14,900.

The CASA in­spec­tion also found the ground cov­er­ing a light­ing trans­former box was sit­ting more than the al­lowed 25mm proud of the sur­face and re­quired flat­ten­ing, us­ing a small ma­chine to en­sure wa­ter does not pond in the area. This has been costed at $5000.

The report also brings coun­cil­lors up to speed on a call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in out­sourc­ing man­age­ment of the fa­cil­ity

The report notes this would be too costly and in­stead the coun­cil should re­cruit an air­port man­ager.

The gen­eral man­ager has also rec­om­mended the coun­cil seek quotes for the de­vel­op­ment of a master plan for the air­port and report these costs to the coun­cil at its June meet­ing.

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