Emerald and the Central Highlands will see a safer and wider airstrip following the announcement of funding to upgrade the Emerald Airport.
Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd visited the airport on Tuesday to announce funding of $1.4 million towards upgrades of the aviation area.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said the funding was a welcome endorsement for the Central Highlands and will expand the airport’s capacity.
‘These critical upgrades will help diversify the airport and allow lighter aircraft to park in front of the general aviation areas and runways,’ he said.
‘We’d like to thank Ken O’Dowd for his advocacy of this project.
‘Investing in regional connectivity and transport infrastructure benefits beyond council’s boundaries in the long term.
‘This funding, that will be matched by council, shows the Australian Government’s direction to investing in the Central Highlands and regional Australia.’
Federal Member for Flynn, Mr Ken O’Dowd said the project was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term.
‘This is a fantastic outcome for Emerald and the Central Highlands community, with the project receiving more than $1.4 million to see reconstruction of aprons and refuelling area, taxiway and apron widening, improved drainage/overland flow pathways and resurfacing,’ he said.
‘This will have major flow-on benefits across the surrounding communities including Springsure, Blackwater, and Capella accessing the airport for commercial and leisure travel.