PATIENTS needing transport from Denmark for critical care will benefit with the Shire receiving $26,435 for upgrades to the local airport.
The Department of Transport grant will be used to replace runway lights and wind direction indicator lights with LED lamps to improve visibility and safety at the airstrip.
The funding application was supported by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Denmark Airport Association which has spent many hours maintaining the ageing airport lighting.
Denmark Airport Association Chair Wayne Austin said the new LED lights would reduce the airport’s carbon footprint and improve safety.
“The switch to LED lights will draw only 10 to 20 per cent of power that the system currently uses, and will improve the reliability of the system for the vital Royal Flying Doctor Service and other night operations at Denmark, preventing ambulance transfers to Albany Regional Airport,” he said.
The Denmark Airport Association will maintain the new lights.