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New airstrip for Cooper Basin

Editorial
article image The existing airstrip at Innamincka.

The South Australian Labor government has today pledged $4 million to construct a new airstrip strip at Innamincka, in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin.

The promise comes ahead of the South Australian state election, scheduled for March 15.

Rossair charter has recently been awarded a special facilities licence by the government to build and operate the new airstrip and airport.

Rossair CEO Peter Hebden said the that “open access” would be an important factor for the airport, allowing Rossair and other operators to transport FIFO workers and other passengers more freely to and from the region.

“Importantly, the proposed new airport will be a state of the art facility and will be open access to all participants in the Basin,” he said.

“With global energy players increasingly investing in the region, it shows that South Australian business, supported by government, can step up to the plate to provide essential services for world class mining and resources projects.”

A spokesperson for Department of Resources and Energy minister Tom Koutsantonis said the current Innamincka airstrip is unsealed, and desperately in need of the upgrade to improve access into the Cooper Basin.

“We’ve also applied with Infrastructure Australia to set about upgrading the Strzelecki Track to a sealed road, which will improve overall access into the area… for exploration companies, oil and gas industry, as well as pastoralists,” the spokesperson said.

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