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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator COOPER (Queensland) . - Large sums of money are being spent in the development of aerodromes near the capital cities, whereas aerodromes in country districts are neglected. The essential feature of any aerodrome is that it should possess a ground surface on which aeroplanes can land in all weathers without fear of becoming bogged. I have in mind particularly the aerodrome at Winton, which is on the main air route between Brisbane and Darwin, and has been gazetted as a stopping place in the air mail contract. The Winton aerodrome is 126 miles from Longreach and approximately 200 miles from Cloncurry, but the boggy condition of the landing ground was such between the 28th May and the 11th June this year that it could not be used. Last month the air mail from Cloncurry was forced to return to that place, because of the unsatisfactory nature of the aerodrome at Winton. An officer of the department, who visited Winton some time ago, suggested that the local authorities should construct an all weather .road from the town to the aerodrome, a distance of about one and a half miles, and stated that it was useless having an all weather aerodrome without a similar type of road. This road has now been constructed by the council at a cost of £1,200. The people of Winton ask that gravel runways, which would not cost more than about £3,000, be constructed.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The sum of £3,000 has been provided in these Estimates for the construction of a runway at the Winton aerodrome.

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