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‘Soft’ taxiway on repair list

'Soft spots’ in taxiway areas for planes in stage one of the Deniliquin airport hangar development are expected to be fixed ‘as soon as possible'.

TYLA HARRINGTON April 9, 2014 3:15am

Deniliquin Council director of technical services Mark Dalzell says ‘‘soft spots’’ in taxiway areas for planes in stage one of the Deniliquin airport hangar development will be fixed ‘‘as soon as possible’’.

Members of the Deniliquin Airport Advisory Committee raised concerns about the taxiway at their meeting in March.

The committee said the pavement for the taxiway was ‘‘too soft for the aircraft to travel across in places and water had tended to pool in areas’’.

The taxiways were said to be ‘‘unusable in their current condition thereby restricting access to the adjoining hangars’’.

Mr Dalzell told the Pastoral Times the contractor was rectifying the situation last week and it should be completed ‘‘very soon’’, weather permitting.

Airport advisory committee members also enquired about additional hangar space and when the airport reporting officer would start his duties at its recent meeting.

Mr Dalzell said all hangar space was being leased.

‘‘All the hangars are being used but we will talk to the lease holders to see what their plans are (and whether they will continue with their leases into the future),’’ he said.

Mr Dalzell also advised the group that newly appointed ranger Justin Learmonth would start as the airport reporting officer soon.

‘‘Justin’s been with council for between six to eight weeks and is doing a great job,’’ Mr Dalzell said.

‘‘During that time he’s been carrying out only the ranger role but eventually he will do both.

‘‘There is no urgency for him to take on the ARO role as other staff have been doing it, and doing it well.

‘‘We expect he will take on the ARO role within the next three months.’’

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