Road System

For quite a number of years after the establishment of the airfield road system, the roads were unformed and little more than tracks. Getting bogged was a common occurrence after periods of wet weather. Whilst it was widely recognised that the read system needed radical improvement and plans existed for where to construct then, it wasn't until the then association president, Gus De Laat arranged for a nil security, low interest loan from his brother, Ed De Laat for $50,000 in about 1999 that progress could be made with a portion on this money being spend on the road system.. A number of years later Ed built an air chalet in on site AC-1.

Further help was freely given by one of the members Michael McFadyen who bought his big Komatsu dozer on the field and roughly formed up a number of the roads including the main entrance road. These roads were later finished off by the local council, the Esk Shire Council. Michael did all this work at his own expense.

Naturally having a good road system and its maintenance is one of the priority items for the airfield management.

Even though the road had been formed by gravel sourced from within the airfield as recently as during the Festival of Flight 2007, the main entrance road became a bog after a prolonged period of rain. The road became extremely slippery during the period of high traffic flows generated by F of F.

Having a perimeter road about the airfield to allow access to some of the more distant parts was always high on the adjenda and Ian Scanzala, a member of the Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association formed up the perimeter road from the Private Hangar Precinct around the eastern end of the airfield and along the north side of the airfield up to where it joined onto Silverleaves Rd.

The management committee in the late 1990's would have liked to have had a greater depth of gravel on the roads, however budgetary constraints prevented this, so the committee decided on a strategy of each year building up sections of the road system so that over time the system would have a sound base of gravel..

Photo Below (Aug 2010) - Main Entrance to the Airfield

Two Photos Below (Aug 2007) - The main entrance road after a period of heavy rain and a lot of traffic.

Main Entrance Road FOF 2007

The road was so slipply Rod bogged the roller in the spoon drain whilst attempting to make the road massable for cars.

As a direct result of the bad exterience with F of F 2007, the airfield management re-gravelled the entrance road and has continued with a annual program of upgrading the airfield roads

Photo below (Aug 2010): Main entrance road viewed from the front gate. This road is called Pilot Officer Thornley after the RAAF pilot killed at the airfield during the crash of a DH Dragon aeroplane during WW2.

As the photos below (May 2010) attest, the airfield association is starting to aquire some good equipment., Rod Mills (Airfield Maintenance super hero) seen here using some of the great equipment the airfield association has purchased over the years. Having great equipment such as this has allowed items of airfield maintenance to be undertaken by association without having to hire external contractors. Heher Rod rolls the section of road around the air chalet area.


 

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