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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4591

Mr Collard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Would Fitzroy Crossing Aerodrome be suitable as an alternative to Broome and Derby if the landing strip and taxiways were upgraded and lengthened to meet the requirements of Fokker Fellowship aircraft.

(2)   Has any estimate been made of the cost ot this upgrading: if so, what is the estimate.

(3)   Has consideration been given to carrying out the work: if so, with what result.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question.

(1)   lt is possible that Fitzroy Crossing could be upgraded to meet the requirements of Fokker Fellowship aircraft but a final assessment could only be made after a most detailed survey and engineering study. It would cost several hundred thousand dollars to so upgrade Fitzroy Crossing and within the current and foreseeable pattern of Fokker Fellowship operations in that area thai expenditure of public funds would not be justified in the light of other aerodromes which are available for this role.

(2)   No estimate has been made of the cost.

(3)   There is no proposal to carry out that work.

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