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

Consultation underway on Hobart International Airport redevelopment

Media Release

WT169/2015

10 June 2015

Joint release with:

David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania

Consultation has started on a $100 million investment in the redevelopment of the Hobart International Airport, which includes a $38 million commitment from the Australian Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said consultation is now underway for both the airport's proposed runway extension and redevelopment of its terminal.

“We are happy to see additional investments being made on such a vital piece of Tasmanian infrastructure,” Mr Truss said.

“The $38 million runway extension at Hobart International Airport will create many new opportunities for Tasmania by giving the State the capacity to attract regular international flights from overseas carriers and support Antarctic research aircraft.

“The ability to support Antarctic research aircraft could see an increase in international investment from countries which have large Antarctic programmes.”

Senator for Tasmania David Bushby was in Hobart today to launch the public consultation and view the site of the future Hobart International Airport runway extension project.

“We are proud to be working with Hobart International Airport to deliver such an important project,” Senator Bushby said.

“This project will boost economic opportunities for Tasmania; it will also cement Hobart International Airport's status as the Antarctic Gateway.

“Project works include extending the runway by 500 metres and increasing the capacity of the airport to handle inbound and outbound passengers and freight.”

The Hobart International Airport runway extension project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $38 million and Hobart International Airport Pty Ltd committing $2 million.