I’m really pleased to be able to say that we have awarded a tender to upgrade the tarmac at Gunnedah Airport – a crucial step in re-introducing commercial flights to Gunnedah.

We are already in discussions with airlines who are interested in bringing passenger flights back to Gunnedah after close to a 20-year hiatus.

Gunnedah has continued to grow over that time, and so has our economy. We have become stronger and more resilient after the challenges of the past few years.

Commercial flights will have so many benefits for the growth of our shire – for businesses, health emergencies, personal travel and tourism.

Unfortunately, skyrocketing construction and labour costs mean the cost for this project has more than doubled since we were awarded funding under the NSW government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and the NSW Resources for Regions Program.

What was a $3.86 million project will now cost $8.35 million.

I have written to our local federal Member and the federal Minister for Infrastructure seeking the shortfall in funding. This project was endorsed in our Delivery Program and Operational Plan adopted in 2017. If we are not successful in attracting more grant funding from government, Council’s restricted assets will be used.

Christmas is almost upon us and we are all looking forward to celebrating the end of a year that included triumphs as well as challenges. We will be lighting the Christmas tree in Brock’s Court on Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm. 

The community is invited to come and sing along to Christmas carols with the Gunnedah Conservatorium, and watch the lighting of the 

Gunnedah Shire Council and the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce are getting together to host the Christmas Fair on Thursday, December 8, starting at 5.30pm.

This is always a wonderful annual event, with music, market stalls, food and children’s activities, along with late-night shopping and maybe even a visit from Santa.

This free community event is funded by the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

For more information on the Gunnedah Christmas Fair, contact Council on (02) 67 40 2100 or [email protected].

Don’t forget, Australia Day will also be rolling around very soon, and it is a great opportunity to pay tribute to those people in our community who put in an extra effort to make this a great place to live.

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