Naracoorte Aerodrome to get $140,000 upgrade

Upgrade: Happy members at Naracoorte Aero Club Patrick Hayes (left), Kym Redman, John Latham, Peter Webb, Bill Smith, Joe Cory, Gary Burgess and Mark Brooksby. Photo: Steve Bourne.
Upgrade: Happy members at Naracoorte Aero Club Patrick Hayes (left), Kym Redman, John Latham, Peter Webb, Bill Smith, Joe Cory, Gary Burgess and Mark Brooksby. Photo: Steve Bourne.

Naracoorte Aerodrome is one of nine regional airports to receive upgrades as part of a state government aviation funding announcement.

The aerodrome has received $70,000 of a $140,000 project for new taxiway and apron and hangar facilities.

Mount Gambier Airport will also receive $24,000 of taxiway repairs under the funding round.

The Marshall Government has allocated almost $850,000 as part of the latest round of Support Regional Aviation fund for regional airports.

In its application for funding, Naracoorte Lucindale Council, which owns the aerodrome, said the proposed upgrade was in response to increased enquiries about hangar facilities.

“This project is to establish additional powered hangar facilities to the west of the current facilities,” it said.

“This will be completed in two stages, installation of an apron with taxiway and the installation of an additional power supply to the new hangar area from SAPN.

“As part of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council Aerodrome Master Plan, there has been much interest in the expansion of the current facilities. Since the upgrade of terminal facilities and second runway, Naracoorte Lucindale Council has had several enquiries for hangar facilities.

“The electricity supply to the Naracoorte Aerodrome is limited and at capacity. In conjunction with the hangar development, it is proposed that an additional electricity supply to the hangars be installed.”

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the announcement was part of the Marshall Government’s continuing commitment to invest in regional South Australia, particularly in productive infrastructure.

“The Liberals are delivering a $315 million roads and infrastructure fund, key regional projects like the Port Wakefield upgrade and Joy Baluch Bridge, as well as regional growth and job opportunities through the $150 million Regional Growth Fund.

“This fund aims to improve the regional airport network to conform to regulatory requirements, accommodate changing airline fleets, support the growth of regional aviation markets, and deliver regional economic and social benefits through improved air services.

“Successful projects include new taxiway, apron and hangar facilities, upgrades and repairs to runways and taxiways, improved lighting and fencing, amongst other improvements.”