The runway strengthening project scheduled to start in early 2018 at Dubbo City Regional Airport is moving forward with a tender for the installation of an on-site asphalt plant now open.
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the upgrades to the Dubbo City Regional Airport were a fantastic example of State and Local Government working together.
“I am very pleased to see the progress being made in relation to the runway strengthening project,” Mr Grant said.
“The NSW Government is backing this major infrastructure project which will enable significant growth for the region, create more jobs and have real economic impact,” he said.
Acting Manager Dubbo City Regional Airport Natalie Nissen said the tender would enable the on-site asphalt production plant to be operational for the runway strengthening project.
“This is important in ensuring an uninterrupted supply of asphalt so as to minimise any disruption to airport operations,” she Nissen said.
“This tender will close on Tuesday 28 February.”
A second tender for the lighting upgrade will open next month.
“The lighting upgrade component of the project is required, under Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations, due to changes to the runway surface level.”
“Lighting upgrades will be carried out on the runway, taxiway and illuminated wind indicators (cabling, control systems and equipment room will also be upgraded).”
“These upgrades will replace the aged Visual Approach Slope Indicator System with a new Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) system which will comply with the Manual of Standards Part 139 requirements and will improve the overall condition and performance of the runway lighting system.”
Funding of the project was made possible by a grant under the Restart NSW Regional Infrastructure Tourism Funding – Airports of $7.42 million with $2 million dollars being funded by the Dubbo City Regional Airport business.
“This project is a major step forward in having a runway capable of accommodating larger aircraft and protecting the condition of the current runway into the future,” Ms Nissen said.
Source: Dubbo Regional Council