The Yorketown Airstrip will be in the spotlight with a runway lighting upgrade ready to take off.
Yorke Peninsula Council has been successful in obtaining $96,738 through the State Government’s Support Regional Aviation Program.
The program contributes funding towards infrastructure improvements at regional aerodromes.
The total project is expected to cost $196,738 with Council funding the remainder.
“The funding will be used to upgrade the runway lighting, including the lighting control system to LED lighting with Pilot Activated Airport Lighting Control,” CEO Andrew Cameron said.
“The upgrade is required as the current lighting system at the Yorketown airstrip is of an unknown age and is beginning to show signs of age-related deterioration which may impact the ability for the airstrip to be used at night.
“Should this occur it will have a direct impact on the ability for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and CFS to use the airstrip in low light and at night.”
Minister for Regional Roads Geoff Brock said safe, operational regional airports are vital in the delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services to remote communities.
“These regional airports, airstrips and aerodromes provide a vital service to local communities by improving access, boosting tourism and making travel across the state easier,” Mr Brock said.
“The upgrades are also crucial for emergency service providers, as these facilities often play a critical role in emergencies by giving first responders better and quicker access.”
The upgrade is expected to begin in first half of 2023 with works to be completed by 30 June.