Parkes Regional Airport Business Park flies high

Media Release


05 October 2016

Joint release with:

Ken Keith

Mayor of Parkes Shire Council

Michael McCormack

Minister for Small Business
Federal Member Riverina

  • Parkes Regional Airport Business Park expansion to become a reality
  • Investment of $3.1 million from Coalition's National Stronger Regions Fund, creating some 64 direct and indirect jobs upon completion.
  • Upgrade includes the airside apron, taxiways and fire and medical emergencies infrastructure to improve airport operations for passengers.

The expansion of the Parkes Regional Airport Business Park will become a reality thanks to a $1.56 million investment from Round 3 of the Coalition's National Stronger Regions Fund.

Speaking in Parkes at the announcement, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project would bring new jobs and business investment to the region.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and quality regional airports are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.

“I'm proud to help build infrastructure in the regions, be it for tourism, water and transport, healthcare facilities or a great new sporting precinct.”

Riverina MP Michael McCormack said the project at Parkes Regional Airport would improve access to health services and leisure travel.

“The project will also generate new business activity within the local aviation sector, creating additional income and employment opportunities,” Minister McCormack said.

“Parkes Airport is already established as a base for firefighting efforts around the region for helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

“This project will include a new helipad and fuelling/maintenance facility to support future disaster response operations, including for medical emergencies.

“The Riverina has done especially well in round three Round three of the National Stronger Regions Fund, with the programme supporting two further projects in the region.

“The Expansion of the Central West Livestock Exchange and the construction of a multipurpose community facility in Wagga Wagga, will both support and boost economic growth as well as provide employment opportunities for regional communities”

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM, said this significant contribution by the Federal Government will ensure this important piece of infrastructure continues to deliver economic and social benefits to the entire region.

“The Parkes Regional Airport plays an imperative role in our region's economy, including the business, tourism and investment sectors,” Cr Keith said.

“This next stage of the redevelopment project will encourage economic development, stimulate regional industry, enable businesses and industries to operate more efficiently and sustainably, and provide greater prosperity and opportunities for the region.”

Chairman of the Parkes Airport Committee Councillor Alan Ward said that Council's Airport Masterplan recognised the necessity for these infrastructural improvements to expand the Airport's operations and provide greater job creation.

“Stage 2 of construction consists of an extension of the airport apron and taxiway, developing a new hangar precinct and planning infrastructure for a helipad complex.”

“Construction activities associated with the next phase of redevelopment is expected to generate 42 full time jobs and inject $5.3 million into the region's catchment,” Cr Ward concluded.

  • Coalition Government and Parkes Shire Council have each committed $1.56 million to this $3.115 million project.
  • The fund is an initiative focusing on strengthening Australia's regions through supporting the construction of new infrastructure and upgrades to existing infrastructure.