An extension and upgrade to Norseman airstrip aims to safeguard aeromedical flights and other essential services to the remote Western Australian town.
It is hoped the new aerodrome will improve safety and access, especially during bad weather when the airstrip would otherwise become unusable.
Line-marking was installed along the new pavement surfaces, including the strip and runway and other aviation markers, to help ensure a safe landing and take-off.
This project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $1.7 million, the Western Australian Government committing $1.75 million and the Shire of Dundas committing $1.6 million.
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the Federal Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program was improving the delivery of essential goods and services to Australia’s remote areas.
“By increasing the height of the runways, taxiways and apron areas, this project has improved safety and access for aircraft approaching and departing from the airstrip, especially in turbulent conditions,” Mr McCormack said.
WA Minister for Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan, said the Western Australian Government’s investment in the new airstrip would help to drive economic opportunity in the region.
“As the gateway to Western Australia, it is important that the Norseman community, visitors and road users are provided with increased accessibility to emergency services in all-weather conditions.
“Upgrades to the airfield will also provide opportunities for increased local economic benefits, particularly supporting the region’s growing mining sector.”