UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The new air strip at Gayndah Aerodrome is coming along accodring to plan. Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The new air strip at Gayndah Aerodrome is coming along accodring to plan. Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times Adam McCleery

Safe landing for airport upgrade

GAYNDAH Aerodrome has been undergoing a revamp in recent months and is looking to be on schedule despite unforseen circumstances.

North Burnett Regional Mayor Don Waugh has been on top of the project and is happy with the progress.

"Everyone has done a tremendous job in getting the whole project together," Cr Waugh said.

"We are virtually using the same team that did such a good job on the Mundubbera Airport project."

The runway will remain the same length, with the width being slightly adjusted outwards.

It was discovered during soil testing that it wasn't going to do what was expected.

"When they got started they found that all the soil tests demonstrated a weakness in the soil," Cr Waugh said.

"The team originally planned on building over what was already there to make it stronger and able to hold more."

In response to the discovery, the team dug down deeper to find the cause of the problem.

"They found that they were going to basically have to dig it all out and start from scratch," Cr Waugh said.

"The airstrip is going to be better and stronger and won't have the same problems occurring in the future where sub-structures can affect the surface."

Cr Waugh said it was a great result which had a minimal impact on the final cost.

"And what the team dug up they were able to reuse as fill, so it turned out pretty well in the end," Cr Waugh said.

"It was never found or dealt with before, so it is a positive in the long run."

If there are no more major delays, the project is expected to be completed by April 2016.


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