Flying high at Kempsey Airport with upgrade now complete

Media Release


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.