With a roof like the wing of an airplane and a spectacular view over the runway, the newly refurbished gateway to Parkes was officially named the Robert Wilson Terminal last Friday. It was an auspicious day with more than 100 guests and family members of the late Robert Wilson OAM filling the new terminal.
“Council believes it is fitting to dedicate the Parkes Regional Airport terminal to our former Mayor Robert Wilson OAM,” said Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith OAM; “With 43 years of service in local government, 23 of which were as Mayor, he was a great mentor to many. He was the Donald Bradman of local government.”
Ben Wilson, son of Robert, said the family was greatly honoured and proud to have the new terminal dedicated to their father. “Dad did not do what he did with the hope that one day he would have something named after him. But to have something that recognizes his many years of service to the community is a wonderful gesture, and will stand as testament of his commitment.”
Michael McCormack, Member of Parliament for Riverina, who opened the $3 million terminal with the Parkes Mayor, said Robert Wilson was a fighter and a truly great campaigner. Parkes Shire Councillor and Chair of the Airport Committee Alan Ward said passenger demand for services from Parkes Airport has grown from 8,000 to over 30,000 passengers a year in a ten-year period.