New funding to upgrade Edenhope Aerodrome
Published on 24 January 2023
West Wimmera Shire Council will make vital upgrades to the Edenhope Aerodrome to improve the region’s firefighting capability.
Council has received $135,000 from the Federal Government under its Regional Airports Program – Round 3 to upgrade the aerodrome.
The Country Fire Authority will contribute $220,000 towards the upgrade, and West Wimmera Shire Council will contribute $50,000.
The works will include constructing a new taxiway to provide access for water bombing aircraft, as well as building a new amenities and storage shed, with a patient transfer facility.
Two water tanks and a bore will also be installed, which will be use by firefighting aircrafts and increase the water capacity at the site by 150,000 litres.
Council Chief Executive Officer David Bezuidenhout said the project would improve safety and accessibility for emergency services, particularly the CFA water bomber.
“Timing and the ability to operate in adverse weather conditions are critical elements for essential services, and it is essential that these emergency services are not delayed or impeded by poor infrastructure,” he said.
This project directly addresses many concerns raised by the CFA officials about safety at the aerodrome.
Mr Bezuidenhout said being able to better fight fires in the region from the air would benefit the community.
“These important upgrades will make it easier for our emergency services, and help keep our communities safe,” he said.
“Our region is no stranger to bushfires, and we had a particularly devastating fire last year at Poolaijelo.
“Giving our firefighters more options when it comes to dealing with large fires, is a great outcome for everyone.”