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Orange Airport Terminal upgraded

Media Release

WT245/2014

28 November 2014

Joint release with:

John Davis

Mayor of Orange City Council

John Cobb

Federal Member for Calare

Orange's air services are on the up and up, following today's opening of a new terminal at the airport as part of an $18.9 million expansion project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government contributed $4.9 million towards the project.

“Orange Airport is a vital gateway to regional Australia, including a number of Aboriginal communities, and this project has been a priority for the Australian Government and Orange City Council,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Calare John Cobb said the completed upgrade will encourage tourism, medical services and decentralising all manner of business.

“Improved passenger capacity at the Orange Airport will also increase access to mine sites which means the mining industry can enjoy more reliable and timely flight services,” Mr Cobb said.

Mayor of Orange Cr John Davis said the project involved an extension of the main runway, upgraded taxiways, a larger aircraft parking area and an upgraded general aviation area.

“This fantastic new terminal is going to be a huge asset for travellers that will sustain growth in Orange for many years to come. The contemporary design will also create a tremendous first impression,” Cr Davis said.

The NSW Government contributed $1.3 million to the project, with the Orange City Council investing $10.2 million and Cadia Valley Operations investing $2.5 million.

Construction on the Orange Airport expansion started in September 2013, with terminal works completed in November 2014. Final works are expected to be completed by mid-2015.