THE Casterton Aerodrome’s east-west runway will be extended after the Glenelg Shire received no objections to a proposed amendment to the shire’s planning scheme to rezone land that will allow the extension works to go ahead.
The shire believes the amendment would allow life-saving changes to be made at the aerodrome and councillors gave the amendment the all-clear at last night’s council meeting.
The amendment allows for the east-west runway at the airstrip to be extended and increases the facility’s effectiveness during emergencies and bushfires.
Its approval will mark the final step needed to implement the Casterton Aerodrome Master Plan, which was developed using $30,000 from bushfire grant funding and includes the runway’s extension.
The amendment seeks to rezone the land – the aerodrome operates under existing use rights in the farming zone and further development is prohibited under the zone – and apply provisions so that the future operation and expansions of the airfield can occur with minimal land use conflict.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.