Sunday, May 26, 2024

$8m Gunnedah tarmac renewal works ready for take off

A complete refurbishment of the Gunnedah Airport tarmac is set to get underway in May, Gunnedah Shire Council has announced.

Council says the tarmac is nearing the end of its serviceable life, and is being upgraded to enable larger aircraft to use the facility. 

Council Director Infrastructure Services, Jeremy Bartlett said work would begin early next month.

“The aerodrome will be closed to all air traffic whilst work is being undertaken,” Mr Bartlett said.

“The project will include complete refurbishment of the tarmac, taxiway and apron to bring it into line with Australian Civil Aviation Regulation requirements for certified facilities.  It will also allow the possibility of a commercial passenger service for Gunnedah.”

The work is being completed in two phases, with phase one being the pavement works between May and June, and phase one being the surfacing in September. The aerodrome will be open to limited air traffic between the end of June and September as a result.

“Like any asset, a tarmac suffers wear and tear over time, and eventually needs to be renewed.”

“This work is necessary to not only allow new flights, but to ensure safe conditions for our existing airport users into the future,” said Mr Bartlett.

 The $8.35 million project has been funded by the State and Federal Governments in partnership with Gunnedah Shire Council.

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