Dubbo airport’s $17.5 million upgrades officially opened
The incredible growth at Dubbo City Regional Airport will continue into the future because of a $17.5 million upgrade officially opened on Tuesday.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields and CEO Michael McMahon were joined by Federal member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and State member for Dubbo Troy Grant for the opening.
The project included the strengthening of runway tarmac, lighting upgrades, construction of an aeromedical facility for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, 11 new general aviation sites and a new link road.
The upgrades were jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments and Dubbo Regional Council. The Federal Government contributed $6.7 million, the State Government contributed $7.5 million and Council added almost $3.5 million.
“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when three levels of government come together,” Councillor Shields said.
“All of these upgrades will ensure Dubbo City Regional Airport continues to be the leading airport in Western NSW and is able to provide a high standard of service to the community.
“The aeromedical facilities are an outstanding outcome for the RFDS and anyone who sues their services. The four big hangars will allow for patient transfers that are protected from extreme weather conditions and for planes to be stored when not in use.”
The Mayor also welcomed the expansion of the general aviation zones to allow for an additional 11 sites.
“The demand at the airport meant general aviation was approaching capacity so this expansion will ensure we are able to cater for more services into the future,” Councillor Shields said.
“Council has already had expressions of interest on some of those sites, showing the demand is there.”
Councillor Shields said the work was a continuation of plans to grow the airport.
“We have the goal of making Dubbo airport the best regional airport in Australia. We have flights to seven destinations including five major cities, a growing emergency service precinct including the RFDS, the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and Volunteer Rescue Association,” he said.
“We also have plenty more land available and will continue to explore other projects and opportunities that would benefit the airport and the region.
“I want to thank the State and Federal Governments and our local MPs Troy Grant and Mark Coulton for their roles in securing the funding and making the project a reality.”
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields Phone 0418 639 053
Last Edited: 30 Jan 2019