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[not an actual image of the Finch Hatton airstrip] Image By Ulf Rydin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has announced a funding commitment for the Finch Hatton airstrip in the lead up to this weekend's Federal Election.
The announcement is set to see airstrip facilities given a facelift.
She said a re-elected Liberal National Government will provide $50,000 to help upgrade the Finch Hatton emergency airfield, providing a far more resilient and safer facility for the district’s aviators.
“This small bush airfield is a vital asset for the Pioneer Valley community and we have seen recently just how important it is to the safety of local residents.
“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.
“Without a rural strip like this one at Finch Hatton, the damage of these fires would certainly have been much greater.
“I want to make sure this strip is more useable more of the time though, and with this election commitment and local fundraising we can help deliver an all-weather surface, improve drainage, and install some much-needed safety features.” Ms Landry said.
Chairman of the Finch Hatton Emergency Airstrip Committee, Dan Argent, said the funding would help the 60-year-old strip to continue for another 60 years.
“This strip is able to service the area from Koumala to Bloomsbury, without planes having to go to Mackay Airport.
“At the fires last year, the planes were so beneficial and there is strong community consensus that we need to improve the strip for the future benefit of the Pioneer Valley.” Mr Argent said.