Broome airport receives new air traffic control tower

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A new combined air traffic control tower and aviation rescue fire station has been opened at Broome airport in western Australia.

The A$20 million ($20.5 million) multi-purpose facility has a 16m high air traffic control tower fitted with the latest air traffic surveillance and communications technology, including touch screens at the controller's consoles.

The facility also has three Rosenbauer Mk8 ultra-large fire vehicles valued at A$1 million each. A fire control centre is located in an observation tower overlooking the airport.

"The new tower enhances safety and efficiency by providing controllers with better airfield views and more modern equipment. The fire station ensures our aviation fire fighters are better able to respond to any incident within minutes," says Andrew Clark, Airservices Australia's acting chief executive.

The company plans to invest A$942 million over the upcoming five years to update and rebuild its infrastructure including air traffic control towers and fire stations.