Airport upgrade paves the way for Taree tourism
Taree airport is set for take-off following the completion of vital infrastructure upgrades, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead announced today.
The NSW Government contributed $405,800 to the project through the Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
Mr Marshall said the completion of the project was another example of the NSW Government supporting rural and regional tourism by funding critical visitor economy infrastructure.
“The NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund has invested $110 million into creating infrastructure that will support the growth of regional locations as great destinations to work and travel,” Mr Marshall said.
“We are proud to support the upgrade of the Taree Airport, as this project will provide a significant boost in the region by improving accessibility to jobs, services and people and provide better links between business activities across the state.”
Mr Bromhead said the whole region would reap the benefits of the upgraded Taree airport.
“By creating more welcoming, contemporary and convenient airport facilities, destination information and tourist services, we have positioned the Manning Valley and the Great Lakes as a much more appealing tourist destination,” Mr Bromhead said.
“It’s estimated that this project will result in a $40 million return for the local economy. There will be greater flight passenger numbers, more overnight stays and more tourist dollars ending up in the pockets of local businesspeople.
“These works will greatly improve the quality and services of the airport, with a large-scale renovation including more parking, a modern surveillance system, more advanced technology and sustainability systems and a state-of-the-art visual aid system to assist aeroplanes land in all weather conditions.
“The positive flow-on effects of this airport upgrade will be felt across the region for many years to come.”
CAPTION: Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead was joined by Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall and MidCoast Council’s Director of Community Space and Services Paul De Szell to inspect the completed upgrades at Taree Airport.