The opening of 'the improvements to the Northam Airport' on the 2nd September, 2001, went off extremely well. It was officially opened by The Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, who arrived in Northam in a Beech Super King Air aircraft. Over one hundred people attended the opening, followed by refreshments at the Northam Aero Club. The tarmac was lined with aircraft, many of which had flown in for the ceremony.
In her speech, Michelle Roberts pointed out that the new upgraded airstrip will not only serve Northam's greater community generating income, but will also provide an improved facility for emergency services. The airstrip will also play an increasingly important role in the provision of infrastructure for the growing number of aircraft owners and enthusiasts in Western Australia - especially those in the metropolitan area. With as many as 8000 aircraft movements last year, it is very likely that this figure will increase this year. This will have the additional benefit of relieving the pressure of aircraft movements and noise at Jandakot.
Northam's proximity to Perth coupled with its usually favourable weather conditions, make it a key in the strategic planning for aircraft infrastructure in Western Australia.