Dubbo airport roads to be named after community members

Airport roads 

Council resolved to name three roads at Dubbo City Regional Airport after prominent members of the Dubbo community at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 26 November, 2018.

Council adopted unnamed roads as Walters Way, Weyand Drive and Howe Circuit to recognise three late community members for their contribution to the Airport and Emergency Services precinct that is under development; Olaf Weyand, Noel Howe and Max Walters.

“Council has chosen three very deserving people to have their achievements recognised by naming roads after them,” Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said.

“They join Judy Jakins (Judy Jakins Drive) and Arthur Butler (Arthur Butler Drive), who the entrance roads to Dubbo City Regional Airport are named after.

“It is fitting that people who contributed so much to Dubbo and have left a lasting legacy have been chosen.”

Weyand Drive has been named after Olaf Weyand, who spent 12 years as the Chief Pilot of Davey Air Services before going on to establish AirLink Airline in 1974, which went on to become an important service for the Dubbo Region. AirLink would eventually become part of Regional Express (REX) Airlines, which continues to service Dubbo.

Howe Circuit has been named after Noel Howe, a respected flight instructor and flying school owner for many decades. He played a role in the foundation of the Dubbo Aero Club, which invited plane owners, pilots and non-flying members. The club continues today.

Walters Way has been named after Max Walters, a former Dubbo Deputy Mayor who played an instrumental role in establishing the Dubbo Rescue Squad after a serious level crossing accident in 1961 that showed the city was lacking rescue capacity. In 1969 he worked with the NSW Police to lead the formation of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

Approval in principle has been received in writing from next of kin for Mr Max Walters, Mr Olaf Weyand and Mr Noel Howe in regard to naming approvals.

Last Edited: 29 Nov 2018

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