Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Flying high at Kempsey Airport with upgrade now complete

Media Release

WT119/2015

29 April 2015

Joint release with:

Liz Campbell

Mayor Kempsey Shire Council

Luke Hartsuyker

Member for Cowper

Kempsey's new and improved aviation hub is now up and running, with the completion of a $2.5 million upgrade of the Kempsey Airport.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the airport was set to play an important role in the future growth and development of the town of Kempsey.

“The Aviation Business Park has been a long time coming for Kempsey residents and the region, and completion today is a great result,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is committed to regional development and building a better future for all Australians through projects like this one.”

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker, who joined the Kempsey community today for the official opening and unveiling of the plaque at the new-look Airport, said the project had enhanced the airport's capacity as an aviation hub.

“Works involved constructing roads, taxiways, aprons, and other infrastructure required for the development of hangar sites suitable for general aviation business activities,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mayor of Kempsey Shire Council Liz Campbell said the project would promote local commercial aviation opportunities in Kempsey and the surrounding areas.

“These improvements have ensured the airport terminal is in the best possible position to stimulate private investment, contributing to Kempsey's economic development,” Ms Campbell said.

The Kempsey Airport Upgrade was a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $2 million and Kempsey Shire Council $500,000.