Airport works pave way for Racewars

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Albany Airport.
Camera IconAlbany Airport. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

Roadworks at Albany Regional Airport are expected to be completed next Wednesday to accommodate this year’s edition of Racewars.

Details of the City of Albany’s involvement with Racewars 2020 were shown to councillors in an updated proposed sponsorship agreement at a committee meeting last Tuesday.

In the report on the updated agreement, it was revealed the City had identified it was “likely” Racewars would accelerate the wear and tear of the airport runway.

To mitigate the wear and tear, the report author said the City had submitted a Federal funding application for an upgrade of the main runway. Minor chip loss and cracking have occurred from “current use” of the runway, including the past three Racewars events, the report said.

The City would contribute about $20,000 of “in-kind” support to Racewars on top of a $105,000 three-year sponsorship agreement. The first $35,000 payment of the sponsorship agreement would be made once the event’s approval process is completed, which is expected to happen by Thursday.

The City’s in-kind support will include traffic management, security fencing, road grading and emergency services support.

An agreement has been reached with Regional Express Airlines and the Department of Transport to suspend flights to and from the airport between 8pm, Friday, February 28 and Monday, March 2.

Racewars could be suspended if the airstrip is needed by the Royal Flying Doctor Service or bushfire water bombers.

Airport staff will remain on shift over the weekend in case the airstrip is needed for an emergency flight. Coinciding with the Racewars’ weekend, the National Anzac Centre will be closed during the Targa Albany Sprint on Monday, March 2. The City’s report stated the decision to close the NAC was based on previous attendance figures, restricted access to the centre and consultation with affected business owners.

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