AIR­PORT GIVEN BOOST

Coun­cil lock in re­gional air­port grant

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Molly Hancock [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

THE MARA­NOA Re­gional Coun­cil has suc­cess­fully funded $15,500 for re­gional air­ports which will go to­wards help­ing air­ports in Mitchell, In­june and Su­rat.

Mara­noa coun­cil­lor Cameron O’Neil said the fund­ing would help the coun­cil with main­te­nance and in­fra­struc­ture works it needed to achieve, par­tic­u­larly the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the In­june he­li­pad

“The Re­gional Avi­a­tion Pro­gram is the fund­ing pro­gram which we re­ceived the con­tri­bu­tion for up in In­june and un­der that pro­gram they have the Re­gional Airstrip Up­grade Pro­gram and that is where the fund­ing has come from,” Cr O’Neil said.

Now the coun­cil has locked in this fund­ing, it is turn­ing its mind­set to an­other ini­tia­tive by lodg­ing a let­ter to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for on­go­ing sup­port through this pro­gram.

“From that pro­gram we have now turned our mind to sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive to ad­vo­cate fairly strongly to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment that we would like this ini­tia­tive to con­tinue this year and for the fu­ture, so that is what the ba­sis of our let­ter is and will go to our fed­eral mem­ber David Lit­tle Proud,” Cr O’Neil said.

“We hope through this let­ter and as we head into the fed­eral May bud­get, this is the time they are count­ing their pen­nies and look­ing at what pro­grams to con­tinue and what ones not to con­tinue, so this is a cam­paign to make sure a pro­gram like this that sup­ports lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties con­tin­ues,” he said.

“The re­al­ity for us is that the re­gional air­ports of Mitchell, Su­rat and In­june don't have the rev­enue base that Roma does, so Roma sup­ports works and up­grades that have to be oc­cur in those three air­ports.”

The fund­ing will go to­wards the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the he­li­pad and the re­build­ing of the sig­nalling area in In­june.

PHOTO: MOLLY HANCOCK

SUP­PORT RE­GIONAL AIR­PORTS: Maranoa Re­gional coun­cil­lors Cameron O'Neil and Janelle Stan­ford are push­ing for the Fed­eral Govern­ment to sup­port re­gional air­ports.

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