Opening of the Emerald Airport Extension

Media Release

WT239/2014

06 November 2014

Joint release with:

Peter Maguire

Mayor of Central Highlands Regional Council

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Safety has been improved at the Emerald Airport, with the official opening today of a $7.58 million expansion to its aircraft parking bays.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government contributed $3.79 million towards the airport extension project.

“By providing more capacity for aircraft parking, this extension will improve safety in areas where aircraft are refuelled, loaded, unloaded and boarded,” Mr Truss said.

“As well as investing in airport infrastructure through projects like this one, the Australian Government also provides support to regional aviation through the Regional Aviation Access Programme and the Airservices Australia Enroute Charges Payment Scheme.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the Emerald Airport project had increased the region's capacity to accommodate additional and larger aircrafts, to help meet the demands of the local economy.

“Works have included adding three new regular passenger transport parking bays, two freight parking bays, building a sheltered pedestrian walkway along the passenger terminal, and introducing a helipad and aeromedical area for the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” Mr O'Dowd said.

Mayor of the Central Highlands Regional Council Peter Maguire said Council had jointly funded the project with the Australian Government to support regional growth and development.

“More flights at this airport will help support tourism growth and encourage the retention and relocation of skilled personnel,” Cr Maguire said.

The increase in passenger numbers at Emerald Airport has created an additional 30 ongoing jobs in the last three years.