Alice Springs is slow off the mark getting a slice of the $5bn in the kitty of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Mark Coffey (pictured), Head of the Office of Northern Australia.
A great pitch by Alice airport, CDU and NT Government, and superb weather for flying, may land a big prize for the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At right: David Batic, general manager of Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd. At left: Eddie Connellan, founder of Connair.
Work has started on construction of the aircraft "boneyard" at the Alice Springs airport.
Earth moving machines are working south of the main runway.
It is understood the facility will be used to store aircraft from all over the world at the end of their working life.
Tom Vincent, managing director of Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage, would not give details about the work but said the firm will be "releasing and publishing photographs on our website in the coming weeks". – Erwin Chlanda.
It ended the longest dry spell in Alice Springs but it was hardly a deluge: 3.2 millimeters of rain fell at the airport, beginning just before midnight. Now the trough causing it has passed, at 11am this morning, clouds are clearing and three fine days are forecast. According to the Met Bureau there is still rain falling up high, but it's not reaching the ground.
Photo: Droplets glistening on the leaves of a witchetty bush on a rural block near the airport as the sun broke through this morning.