THE Narrandera-Leeton Airport's future viability is looking good thanks to a chunk of cash coming its way for improvement works.
The airport has been successful in receiving grant funding from the federal government for three significant projects.
Almost half a million dollars has been allocated for the resealing of the airport's runway, taxiway and parking areas, $218,775 for a fencing upgrade of the aerodrome and $60,000 for lighting improvements.
While both Narrandera Shire and Leeton Shire Councils have together researched this project for the future, receiving the funding will alleviate the financial burden that would have been placed on both should their proposal have been rejected.
"The funding announced by the (federal) government through the Regional Airports Program is vital to ensuring the ongoing and improved safety of the Narrandera-Leeton Airport," Narrandera shire's general manager George Cowan said.
"The resealing and improved lighting will provide direct benefit for landing aircraft, with the perimeter fencing reducing the risks caused by wildlife accessing the runaway area."
Both councils have now commenced planning for the works.
The first aspect of the project to start will be the perimeter fencing next month.
"It is always important to keep the airport facilities up to date and suitable for use by the passenger service and local planes," Mr Cowan said.
"These works will ensure the strip itself is fit for purpose for the next 15 years."
The airport is one of 60 across the country to receive funding under the program.
With airports across the country virtually at a standstill for the last couple of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funding announcement has come at a good time to give communities and visitors the confidence they will be remaining operational now and into the future.
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack was pleased the airport's application had been successful.
"For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia," he said.