Orange Airport upgrades one step closer to completion

3 December 2014

Cadia Valley Operations general manager Tony McPaul, member for Calare John Cobb, Orange Mayor John Davis and member for Orange Andrew Gee

Orange Airport, in Central West NSW, reached a milestone last week with the opening of a new terminal, part of major upgrades made under the Regional Industries Investment Fund.

The NSW Government provided more than $1.27 million in  support for the airport upgrades under the Regional Industries Investment Fund (RIIF) which will allow for increased aircraft and passenger movements  at Orange Airport and help position the Central West for future growth.

It is estimated the airport upgrades will create more  than 200 jobs and $177 million in investment to 2017. Potential benefits to  Orange and the Central West include greater tourism capacity and support for  increased fly-in fly-out mining activity.

The airport expansion is a practical demonstration of  how the NSW Government is investing for future regional growth. NSW's regions  contribute $138 billion to the State economy each year.

The NSW Government has budgeted $13 billion for  regional infrastructure projects, $136.7 million for programs to grow the  regional NSW visitor economy and $90 million for the Regional  Industries Investment Fund and State Investment Attraction Scheme.

Upgrades at the airport include the new $3.3  million terminal; an $8.7 million runway extension, and expansion of taxiways as  well as relocation of a gas pipeline and land acquisition for road realignments.