Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Oswald soaking closes Kowanyama airstrip

By Sharnie Kim, Thursday January 24, 2013 - 08:49 EDT

An airstrip servicing a remote Indigenous community on far north Queensland's western Cape York is likely to remain closed until the end of the wet season.

Kowanyama's airport was shut down earlier this week after heavy rainfall from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald damaged the runway.

The township is heavily reliant on the airstrip as roads are cut off during the wet season.

Kowanyama Mayor Robert Holness says the council is seeking funding for the repairs and helicopter drops.

"That's going to ... stay closed indefinitely until after the wet season - usually lasts about six months up here until about May, June," he said,

"Right now they're trying to work out how they can get supplies and people in."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

BoM forecasts above average rainfall for northern Victoria this winter

16:33 EST

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting above-average rainfall for Victoria's north over the next three months and a 50-50 chance of more rain in the south.

Concessional loans schemes were poorly planned: National Audit Office

15:20 EST

Farmer that Commonwealth concessional loans schemes were poorly designed and inconsistently managed, appear to be supported by a .

Autumn around the corner for Lord Howe Island

13:58 EST

With autumn creeping in over the Southern Hemisphere, it appears that Lord Howe Island is barely feeling the cooling season.