Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has delivered another election commitment, with the construction of the Finch Hatton airstrip passing a major milestone.
In the 2019 federal election, Ms Landry pledged $50,000 for upgrades to the Finch Hatton emergency airstrip. This funding has helped provide a far more resilient and safer facility for the district’s aviators, especially in times of natural disasters and emergencies.
Ms Landry said the announcement gives her great pride to participate in the opening of the Finch Hatton airstrip.
“This small airstrip is a vital asset for people in the Pioneer Valley and I remember as fires ravaged the surrounding mountain ranges, this strip provided an irreplaceable service as a central mustering point for the aerial assault that saved dozens of homes across the area,” Ms Landry said.
“Without a rural strip like this one at Finch Hatton, the damage of those fires would certainly have been much greater. “With the delivery of this promised airstrip, Finch Hatton now has an all-weather surface airstrip, with improved drainage and much-needed safety upgrades.
“I would also like to thank the Finch Hatton Airstrip Committee for their guidance and help in delivering this vital piece of infrastructure.”
The Finch Hatton airstrip will be able to service the area from Koumala to Bloomsbury, without planes having to go to Mackay Airport.
The Australian Government’s commitment to Finch Hatton airstrip was sourced through the Community Development Grants Programme. The Australian Government has established the Community Development Grants Programme to support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies.