Transport Minister Eric Charlton today announced State Government allocation of $250,000 for the development of a new airstrip for Wave Rock, near Hyden.
Mr Charlton said the new airstrip would be a boost for tourism in the area, offering fast access to one of the State's premier natural attractions.
"As well as boosting tourist visits to Wave Rock, the new airstrip will be a boon for the local community, not just for general access, but also for the Royal Flying Doctor Service," he said.
"The present airstrip is totally inadequate for RFDS use and a new facility at Wave Rock was a funding priority.
"The funding is part of the Government's continuing support for regional air transport through the Regional Airport Development Scheme (RADS) which focuses on upgrading country airports."
The Minister commended the Hyden community and the Mouritz family for their initiative, not only in promoting tourism, but in meeting the needs of the RFDS.
All proposals for funding were examined and approved by the Aviation Policy Committee chaired by Premier Richard Court. The State's contribution would be matched by Wave Rock Management Pty Ltd.
Another project to recently receive the go-ahead as part of the three-year RADS program was the resealing of the Derby airstrip. Upgrading of the Hall's Creek and Fitzroy Crossing strips was completed earlier this year.
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