Regional airport projects set for take off

17 December 2015

Regional airport upgrade

The NSW Government has announced 17 regional airports that will share in $35 million for vital infrastructure upgrades.

The funding is part of the Government's long term investment in regional infrastructure and will enhance regional airport services for residents and support greater capacity to increase visitor numbers to the regions.

Projects to be funded include terminal upgrades, apron and runway improvements, investment in airport emergency services, lighting upgrades and other vital works to accommodate more and larger aircraft, to improve safety and services.

Critical for the future

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said regional airports played a vital role in the long term viability and growth for local communities and economies in NSW.

"They are an essential entry point to the region for tourism, health and emergency services," he said.

The 17 regional airport infrastructure projects to progress immediately will be at Albury, Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Bourke, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Griffith, Lightning Ridge, Lismore, Lord Howe Island, Merimbula, Moree, Narrandera, Newcastle, Tamworth, Taree, and Wagga Wagga.

An additional ten projects submitted will undergo further assessment following request for additional information to be provided prior to confirming funding, with final assessment of these projects expected to be completed in the New Year.

Enhancing regional air services

The investment in regional airport infrastructure also supports other work being undertaken to enhance regional air transport services. With a number of air services deregulated this year including connections to Sydney from Mudgee, Cooma, Narrabri and Cobar to facilitate better access and the delivery of vital services to regional communities.

Select tenders have also been called for air operators to provide services between Dubbo, Bourke and Walgett, which is expected to be awarded mid next year.

To find out more view the Transport for NSW website and news story EOI for Regional Airport Infrastructure Funding.