Clarence Valley Airport upgrade celebrates one year anniversary

Media Release

FN101/2017

28 June 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan Federal

Member for Page

Jim Simmons

Mayor of Clarence Valley Council

  • Upgrade to the Clarence Valley Regional Airport has been officially opened following completion of works in July 2016
  • The upgrade included runway strengthening to support larger aircraft, improving regional connectivity for locals and interstate travellers
  • The Coalition Government invested $1.060 million into this project

Regional flyers have marked 12 months of better access to New South Wales's Clarence Valley with the official opening of the Clarence Valley Regional Airport Upgrade Project today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said improving connectivity in our regions was essential to creating more jobs and delivering better services outside of our capital cities.

“This project has increased the reliability of passenger services between Grafton and Sydney, with $1.060 million invested by the Coalition Government,” Minister Nash said.

“Together with Kevin Hogan, I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing the best connectivity to our regional centres is essential to that commitment.”

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the extensive upgrade had delivered a more modern airport for the region.

“The upgrade included strengthening and reshaping the runway and apron, a hardstand area for rotary wing aircraft, and an extension of the existing terminal building,” Mr Hogan said.

“Since reaching completion in July 2016, many of our residents have reaped the rewards of this upgrade, including the larger baggage handling area and the additional parking bay for public transport.”

Mayor of Clarence Valley Council Jim Simmons said the Council's $1.38 million commitment to the project was a significant investment in the community.

“This project has created 25 jobs, while the upgrade will also benefit the estimated 18,000 people each year who will use this facility,” Cr Simmons said.

“Many people travel to this region to relax and recuperate, while our local farmers and producers need good connections to ensure they can meet with buyers and sellers. I'm delighted to mark this anniversary and I am looking forward to the benefits this upgrade will bring for years to come.”

For more information on the Coalition Government's investment in regional Australia, visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/