The long awaited "Handling Ceremony" where the Northam Airfield would be officially handed over to the the local authorities finally took place during the 2011 Northam Aero Club Open Day on April 10, 2011.
After a warm welcome by Vice President Captain Errol Croft, Grenville Putalnd Esq. recalled the history of the airfield since its creation some 40 years ago, through the many changes and improvements done by the Aero Club all the way to the final handing over of the Airfield to the local community.
Cr Steve Pollard, President of the Northam Shire, responded, thanking the Aero Club for all the work done through the years. He then presented the Club with an engraved crystal plaque.The plaque reads:
Shire of Northam
the Shire of Northam
in recognition of the valuable contribution
of the Northam Areo Club
to the development of the
Northam Airport including land,
infrastructure, management and operation
from July 1971 to July 2009.
Life Member and Founding Member Grenville Putland Esq.
recalling the history of the Northam Airfield.
(Grenville's speech can be heard HERE (be patient...size 6.248 KB),
by curtesy Duncan Middlemass, Australian Air Force Cadets).
Councillor Steve Pollard presenting the Plaque.
A visiting Tiger Moth from the Royal Aero Club.