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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 26 October 1977:

What is the location of all classes of airstrips in Australia which are currently owned and operated by (a) the Aus.tralian Government, (b) State Governments, (c) local Governments and (d) private interests.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Aerodromes in Australia can be considered under two broad headings namely (i) Government/Licensed aerodromes, and (ii) Authorised Landing Areas.

(i)   Government/Licensed aerodromes are available for public use and are subject to Department of Transport inspection to ensure adherence to standards. They range from capital city major jet aerodromes, to small local government or privately owned general aviation aerodromes. Under the headings requested these aerodromes are:

(a)   AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OWNED

Queensland

Archerfield, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Charleville, Cloncurry, Coen, Cooktown, Coolangatta, Goondiwindi, Iron Range, Longreach, Mackay, Maryborough, Mt Isa, Normanton, Oakey, Rockhampton, Thursday Island, Townsville.

New South Wales

Bankstown, Broken Hill, Camden, Canberra, Casino,

Coffs Harbour, Hoxton Park, Newcastle, Norfolk Island, Nowra, Schofields, Sydney (Kingsford-Smith), Tamworth, Wagga.

Victoria

Avalon, Bacchus Marsh, Essendon, Mallacoota, Mangalore, Melbourne, Morrabbin, West Sale.

Tasmania

Cambridge, Devonport, Flinders Island, Hobart, King Island, Launceston, Wynyard.

South Australia

Adelaide, Ceduna, Kingscote, Leigh Creek, Mt Gambier, Oodnadatta, Parafield, Port Lincoln, Whyalla.

Western Australia

Albany, Broome, Carnarvon, Cocos Island, Cue, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Forrest, Geraldton, Halls Creek, Jandakot, Kalgoorlie, Learmonth, Marble Bar, Meekatharra, Mt Magnet, Nullagine, Onslow, Perth, Port Hedland, Wittenoom, Wyndham.

Northern Territory

Alice Springs, Bamyili, Borroloola, Darwin, Delissaville, Elliott, Finke, Garden Point, Haasts Bluff, Hooper Creek, Kalkgurung, Kidman Springs, Papunya, Snake Bay, Tennant Creek, Timber Creek, Tindal, Warrabri, Wollongorang.

(b)   STATE GOVERNMENT OWNED

Queensland

Kowanyama.

New South Wales

Tibooburra.

Victoria

Nil.

Tasmania

Smithton.

South Australia

NiL

Western Australia

Ord River.

(c)   LOCAL GOVERNMENT OWNED

Queensland

Alpha, Aramac, Ayr, Barcaldine, Bedourie, Birdsville, Bollon, Boulia, Caloundra, Clermont, Croydon, Dajarra, Dalby, Dirranbandi, Doomadgee, Emerald, Gayndah, Georgetown, Gladstone, Hughenden, Ingham, Innisfail, Isisford, Julia Creek, Jundah, Mitchell, Mornington Island, Mt Coolon, Muttaburra, Proserpine, Quilpie, Richmond, St George, Stanthorpe, Stonehenge, Thargomindah, Windorah, Wondai.

Atherton, Chillagoe, Chinchilla, Collins ville, Eromanga, Eulo, Gregory Downs, Gympie, Injune, Maroochydore, Mt Garnet, Redcliffe, Tara, Taroom, Theodore, Weipa, Wyandra, Blackall, Bowen, Burketown, Charters Towers, Cunnamulla, Kingaroy, Miles (Condamine), Monto, Roma, Thangool, Toowoomba (Wilsonton), Winton.

New South Wales

Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Cootamundra, Corowa, Cowra, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Evans Head, Glen Innes, Goulburn, Grafton (Pillar Valley), Griffith, Hay, Holbrook, Kempsey, Merimbula, Moree, Moruya, Narrabri, Narrandera, Narromine, Nyngan, Parkes, Temora, Tocumwal, Tooraweenah, Walgett, wilcannia, Wollongong, Barradine, Burren Junction, Carinda, Collarenebri, Coolah, Cooma, Goodooga, Gunnedah, Inverell, Lake Cargellico, Mudgee, Orange, Port Macquarie, Quirindi, Taree, Warren, West Wy along.

Albury, Balranald, Cessnock, Condobolin, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Hillston, Ivanhoe, Lightning Ridge, Lismore, Lord Howe Island, Mungindi, Scone, Tottenham, Tumut, Wee Waa, White Cliffs, Young.

Victoria

Ararat, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Benalla, Echuca, Hamilton, Kerang, Latrobe Valley, Mildura, Nhill, Swan Hill, Warrnambool, Birchip, Corryong, Horsham, Hopetoun, Orbost (Mario), Maryborough, Portland, Robinvale, Shepparton, St Arnaud, Stawell,Warrnacknabeal, Whychproof, Yarram.

Tasmania

Queenstown, St Helens, Strahan.

South Australia

Cleve, Cowell, Port Pirie, Renmark, Kimba, Minnipa, Naracoorte, Loxton, Millicent, Waikerie.

Western Australia

Esperance, Leonora, Norseman, Roebourne, Rottnest Island, Southern Cross, Wiluna, Sandstone, Karratha, Kununurra, Laverton, Mullewa, Balgo Hill*, Kalumburu*.

* Aerodromes owned by Mission Stations and eligible for grants under the Aerodrome Local Ownership Plan.

Northern Territory

Port Keats*, Croker Island*, Daly River Mission*, Hermannsburg*, Numbulwar*, Santa Teresa*, Ramingining*.

* Aerodromes owned by Mission Stations and eligible for grants under the Aerodrome Local Ownership Plan.

(d)   PRIVATELY OWNED

Queensland

Arrabury Station, Augustus Downs, Beetoota, Blackwater, Canobie, Cluny, Cuddapan, Davenport Downs, Delta Downs Station, Dunbar Station, Durham Downs, Durrie, Glenormiston, Glengyle, Iffley, Kamileroi Station, Karumba, Koolatah, Lawn Hill Station, Lorraine, Miranda Downs, Monkira, Mooraberrie Station, Morney, Mt Howitt Station, Nappa Merrie Station, Orientos, Roseberth, Rutland Plains, South Galway Station, Springvale, Tanbar Station, Thylungra Station, Wondoola, Wrotham Park Station.

Heliports

South Molle Island, Daydream Island, Hayman Island, Happy Bay (Long Island).

New South Wales

Nil.

Victoria

Licensed Heliport

Melbourne ( Yarra Bank), Whittlesea.

South Australia

Amata, Cordillo Downs Station, De Rose Hill Station, Granite Downs, Innamincka Station, Mt Dare Station, Tieyon Station, Ernabella, Fregon, Indulkana. Aerodrome Local Ownership Plan.

Western Australia

Beverley Springs Station, Bililuna Station, Christmas Island, Flora Valley, Gibb River, Glenroy, Gordon Downs, Lansdowne, Lissadell Margaret River, Mt House, Newman, Mitchell Plateau, Nicholson, Paraburdoo, Rosewood, Springvale, Stun Creek, Tableland, Tom Price.

Northern Territory

Bathurst Island, Elcho Island, St Goulburn Island, Delara Strip, Milingimbi, Gapuwiyak, Kildurk, Maningrida, Minjilang, Alexandria, Alroy Downs, Ammaroo Andado Anningie Annitowa Anthony Lagoon, Argadargada Auvergne, Avon Downs, Avers Rock, Birrindudu Bruchilly Brunette Downs, Bullo River, Camfield Cattle Creek, Cooinda, Creswell Downs, Delamere, Docker River, Elkedra Eva Downs, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Hodgson River, Humbert River, Idracowra Indiana, Inverway Innesvale, Jabiru, Jervois, Killarney, Kirkimbie Kurundi, Lake Nash, Legune, Limbunya, Lucy Creek, McArthur River, Mainoru, Mallapunyah Springs, Mittiebah, Mongrel Downs, Montejinnie Moolooloo, Moroak, Mountain Valley, Mt Cavanagh, Mt Denison, Mt Riddock, Mt Sanford, Mt Wedge, Mulga Park, Napperby, Narwietooma, Newhaven, Newry, Nutwood Downs, Oenpelli, Ooratippra, Pigeon River, Plensy River, Ringwood, Robinson River, Rockhampton Downs, Roper Bay, Roper Valley, Roper River, Scotts Creek, Tempe Downs, Ucharonidge, Urapunga, Vaughan Springs, Victoria River Downs, Walhallow, Waterloo, Wave Hill, Willeroo, Willowra, Yuendumu.

(ii)   Authorised Landing Areas are, in effect, private aerodromes for which the Department of Transport has established minimum standards significantly lower than licensing standard. It is the owners' responsibility to ensure that these standards are met and it is the responsibility of any pilot using such an aerodrome to ensure that the operation in which he is involved is safe. Such aerodromes are not subject to Department of Transport inspection and they may be used, closed or modified without reference to the Department.

At any time, there are thousands of Authorised Landing Areas throughout Australia and no record of location or ownership is kept by the Department of Transport. While a small number of these are owned by local government authorities, the great majority are owned by private interests.







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