No roos are allowed at Inverell Airport.
A new security fence is set to give the airport a greater capacity to "safely host" aircraft and make sure passengers are kept out of harms' way from Australia's wildlife.
That's not the only thing underfoot, with an Automated Weather Service (AWS) nearing completion, bringing the Shire's hub up to the same level as other ports, like Moree, Glen Innes, Narrabri and Armidale.
These two projects have been funded by the Federal Government's Regional Airports Program, which seeks to help owners of regional airports to carry out essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Aussies.
The Inverell Shire Council was given an $81,048 grant for the fence, and an additional $136,634 for the AWS project.
Mayor Paul Harmon said the upgrades were critical to passenger safety.
"Council thanks the Member for New England for backing this project, which will have long term benefits for the safety of passenger flights as well as vital services such as medical air services," he said.
The fencing project's bill was $162,096, which covered 2.7 kilometres of new perimeter exclusion fencing with a chain link skirt to an impressive height of 2.2 metres.
An additional 3.8km of chain link skirt on existing exclusion fencing was added, to prevent wildlife from burrowing under the fence.
New England MP Barnaby Joyce said the money for new security fencing will prevent the intrusion of kangaroos at the airport.
"We know roo collisions are an inevitable part of living in the bush but this new exclusion fencing will help mitigate that," Mr Joyce said.
The AWS project is valued at $273,269, providing a weather service enabling approaching pilots access to accurate, on-ground data during this critical part of the flight.
"Pilots need the most current weather data our systems can provide and this new technology will support that," Mr Joyce said.
"This work at the airport shows real delivery for the Inverell community, providing important upgrades to crucial local infrastructure."
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