Works soar on Bathurst Regional Airport

Media Release

DC228/2016

14 December 2016

Joint release with:

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

  • The Australian Government investing $2.5 million towards $5 million upgrade
  • 58 jobs expected to be created, with project on track for completion in 2019
  • Works include a new taxiway and infrastructure to support smaller aircraft

The sky is the limit for benefits flowing from the Bathurst Regional Airport upgrade, with works soaring ahead on one of regional New South Wales' most important airports.

Inspecting progress on-site today, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said once complete in 2019, the upgrade had the potential to make Bathurst a regional aviation hub.

“This upgrade will be a real boost for the local economy. It will support local jobs, create further opportunities for industry and attract more private investment in the region. This is about opening up the land to new hangar businesses and making sure they have the infrastructure and facilities they need to succeed,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the Australian Government was investing $2.5 million towards the upgrade through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“This sort of development is all about building the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. Quality regional airports can be a big part of that,” Mr Gee said.

“Council expects the project will create 58 jobs, a great outcome for the community. It will also foster existing aviation partnerships as well as enable new ones.

“The airport currently facilitates passenger flights for Rex Airlines and is a training base for Central West Flying and the Australian Air Force Cadets, so this upgrade means more flights and better links to major airports.

“For example, the iconic Bathurst 1000 event sees an increase in private planes touching down at the airport, so it's important to have the infrastructure in place to support that increase in tourism.

“When the Government invests in Bathurst infrastructure to create benefits for local community, it gives business and the community confidence to also invest in the region.”

The Bathurst Regional Airport upgrade is being jointly funded by the Australian Government ($2.5 million) and the Bathurst Regional Council ($2.5 million).

The upgrade is expected to be complete in May 2019.