State Government splashes cash for regional airport upgrades in Katanning, Narrogin and Lake Grace

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Katanning Airport will receive $43,500 to upgrade its facilities.
Camera IconKatanning Airport will receive $43,500 to upgrade its facilities. Credit: Tom Shanahan

 Airports throughout the Great Southern region are set to receive a slice of a new three million dollar grant for regional developments.

The State Government has identified 25 regional airports to receive funding as part of the Regional Airports Development Scheme.

Among these are Katanning, Narrogin, and Lake Grace.

Katanning Airport is set to receive $43,500 for the installation of shade shelter and a water tank, along with upgrades to lighting and fencing.

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Narrogin Regional Airport will receive $52,166 for the construction of an asphalt apron for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, while Lake Grace Airport will receive $61,500 to improve airport lighting.

Shire of Lake Grace president Len Armstrong said the improved lighting would help the RFDS operate more safely at night.

“If we have a resident out on the east fringe of Lake Grace who has a medical condition that needs to be repatriated to the city, we really need the lighting on our airfield to transfer them efficiently.” he said.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the airport grants focused on labour-intensive infrastructure projects that could be completed by the end of 2021.

"The 2021-23 RADS grants will help boost safety, amenities and security at these regional and remote airports, improving access to health services, community connections and business." she said.

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