Lifesaving lights illuminate Gibb River airstrip


Lifesaving lights illuminate Gibb River airstrip

​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 Service (RFDS).

“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.