Safer, shorter airport runway
THE Nanango Airfield runway will soon be shorter and safer.
South Burnett Regional Council agreed, during their general meeting on February 20, to reduce the overall runway length to abide by safety guidelines.
The length of the Nanango Airfield runway will be reduced by 220m to provide a length of 850m.
The council is also required to relocate both thresholds to allow gradients to be reduced from 66 per cent to a maximum of 7.1 per cent.
The airport was closed by the council's airport manager on February 2, 2016, while attempts were made to negotiate permissions with owners to lop trees.
Councillor Roz Frohloff said the runway length reduction was due to the ongoing issue with the trees.
They wanted trees at both ends of the airfield, and originally gained permission from the landholder to trim the trees before they refused.
The trees became an issue with planes landing and taking off, Cr Frohloff said.
The Nanango Airfield is planned to be reopened during February, 2019.