The Gibb River Station airstrip in the Kimberley has
recently received essential solar lighting for its runway, which will ensure
safer and more reliable emergency medical landings for the Royal Flying Doctor
“The addition of the solar lights to the airstrip will
support the RFDS to continue providing emergency medical services to the Gibb
River community and tourists for many years to come,” acting Regional
Development Minister Colin Holt said.
A $78,000 grant was awarded to Ngallagunda Aboriginal
Community by the Regional Airports Development Scheme through the
State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program for the purchase and
installation of the lighting.
With more than 24 emergency evacuations in the past
five years, namely in the wet season when many roads are cut-off, the lifesaving
new lights will aid in medical evacuations for the Gibb River community,
including the Ngallagunda Aboriginal Community and tourists traveling along the
remote Gibb River Road each year.
The Department of Transport delivered the project ahead
of the wet season, with vital assistance from the Ngallagunda Aboriginal
Community and the community nurse at Gibb River Station.