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Opening of Burketown Aerodrome extentions



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MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. Peter Baume

OPENING OF BURKETOWN AERODROME EXTENTIONS

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator Peter Baume today opened new airstrip extentions at Burketown in north Queensland.

Senator Baume was representing the Minister for Transport, Mr Hunt. He took time off from visiting Aboriginal communities in the far north of Queensland, to ensure that the Commonwealth was present at the recognition of an important

event for the local community.

Senator Baume said,"co-operation at all three levels of Government had enabled the runway to be widened by 30 metres and lengthened by 1372 metres. As a result DC3's would be able to land at Burketown. This would be of considerable benefit to the local community."

Senator Baume said the Commonwealth had contributed about $285,000 to the project, the State Government about $200,000 and the Bourke Shire, $86,000.

Senator Baume congratulated the shire and its officers for their initiative in undertaking the project. He commended the engineers, McIntyre and Associates and the contractors Penna & Co for their high standard of design and construction.

"The project has been completed within budget - a remarkable feat in so remote a locality," Senator Baume said.

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

5 November 1981 B58/81

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