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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fundraiser Started For Airport

Georgian Bluffs | by Matt Villeneuve  

Georgian Bluffs is hoping residents will donate to upgrade the airport runway.

Mayor of Georgian Bluffs, Al Barfoot, a colleague and MPP Bill Walker announced the "Runway to the World" fundraising campaign on Friday in support of the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport. 

The Township of Georgian Bluffs is asking for donations to support infrastructure improvements at the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport.

Mayor, Al Barfoot, and the Airport Advisory Committee announced the "Runway to the World" fundraising campaign on Friday at the facility.

He tells Bayshore Broadcasting News public contributions will be used to resurface and extend the ageing runway by 1,000 feet, along with other capital projects.

Barfoot wouldn't offer a goal amount, saying instead "the Township is at the mercy of its residents" and other individuals who may be interested in donating.

Georgian Bluffs assumed sole ownership of the Wiarton-Keppel Airport in June of 2015, after purchasing South Bruce Peninsula 50 per cent share for $600,000.

The Township is keen to revitalize the facility as a regional Grey-Bruce airport.

By extending and resurfacing the the runway and upgrading the approach lighting, the airport will become accessible to more aircraft and attract business to the region.

The names of the donors who contribute $250 or more will be acknowledged at the airport and charitable receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more.

10,000 brochures promoting the "Runway to the World" campaign will be distributed throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.

It's unknown what it'll cost to repair the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport's runway, but Barfoot says it will definitely require more than $1-million from the Township.

He says Georgian Bluffs has been in contact with Porter Airlines and West Jet, among others, to see if either company would be an interested partner.




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