Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Perth’s first airfield celebrated

    15/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Langley Park enters State Register of Heritage Places on permanent basis
    • More than 100 aircraft to land at Langley Park

    A fleet of amateur-built, vintage and aerobatic aircraft today helped celebrate the State heritage listing of Langley Park.

     

    Heritage Minister John Castrilli said it was a significant occasion to announce the permanent registration of Perth’s first airfield site in the 1920s, especially during a free, two-day air show featuring aircraft from that era.

     

    “Langley Park was the site of Australia’s first scheduled air mail and passenger service, and is now one of the few places in the world where aircraft fly on to a grass airstrip in the heart of the city,” Mr Castrilli said.

     

    “The 11.7ha grassland is a popular place to view the Lotterywest Skyworks and has been used as an airfield for the Red Bull Air Race.”

     

    The Minister said it was ironic that one of the main attractions at the air show would include an aerobatic display by former Red Bull Air Race pilot, Australian Matt Hall.

     

    “This is a historic occasion as Langley Park is now permanently protected and valued for its social, cultural and recreational use,” he said.

     

    “Langley Park was created by land reclamation from the adjacent Swan River in the 1920s, in response to a need for open space near the city.

     

    “Today the venue is utilised by the people of Perth and thousands of visitors every year, contributing significantly to Perth community’s sense of place.”

     

    Mr Castrilli said the State Government was taking a pro-active approach to preserving Perth’s historic places by entering them in the State Heritage Register.

     

    “I also commend the City of Perth for the excellent management of this parkland, to ensure that it continues to flourish as an active and vibrant area for the community to enjoy,” he said.

     

          Fact File

    • Official opening ceremony of the Langley Park Fly-In commences at 12.20pm, followed by an aerobatic display
    • First aircraft arrive at Langley Park for set up at 9.45am; gates open to the public at 10.30am

    Minister's office - 9213 6800