The Emerald Airport is shining brighter than ever thanks to a $1 million lighting upgrade.
As part of the Central Highlands Regional Council’s capital works program, lighting for the main runway, taxiways, apron and helipad was recently replaced with new LED lights.
Underground wiring and cabling was also replaced, as well as the primary and secondary wind indicators.
The council-funded project began in September last year and was completed in late January.
‘Emerald is now one of approximately four airports in Australia using all LED light fixtures on their airfields,’ Mayor Cr Peter Maguire said.
‘Keeping up with the latest technological advancements demonstrates our commitment to developing, maintaining and improving this vital community asset for potential future growth.’
The new lighting infrastructure, which is compliant with civil aviation regulations, will also reduce electricity costs and environmental impact, as well as enhance the facility’s overall safety.
‘Better lighting means better visibility and consequently a safer and more efficient airport operation,’ Cr Maguire said.
‘Already we’re getting some great feedback from pilots.’