Describing it as critical to the Clarence Valley’s economy, council has voted unanimously for a $2.1 million upgrade of Grafton’s regional airport.
The projected work includes reshaping and strengthening the tarmac and extending its apron, providing new compliant runway lighting, an electronic fence to keep wildlife away from the tarmac and an extension to the terminal building.
Mayor Richie Williamson said council will this month apply for 50 percent funding from Regional Development Australia (RDA) to get the job done.
“You can’t underestimate the significant economic benefits that the Clarence Valley Regional Airport brings to this region,” the mayor said.
“Our Valley needs its airport and it needs upgrading. We need assistance to make it happen. This project looks to be a perfect fit for RDA funding and we know the project will attract strong community support.
“There can be no doubt that upgrading the airport is the priority for funding.”