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Airport upgrades up and away

Dubbo and Parkes airports are soaring to new heights, unveiling plans for ambitious improvements thanks to significant investment from the Coalition’s National Stronger Regions fund.

With work taking off soon, the expansions will play a vital role in building strong regional centres across NSW – boosting health care, enabling businesses to operate more efficiently and providing opportunities for growth in tourism and investment.  

Improvements to Dubbo City Regional Airport will include a $6.7 million upgrade to the aeromedical facilities so that the Royal Flying Doctors Service can continue providing exceptional health care to those in isolated communities when they need it most. 

Meanwhile in Parkes, the $1.56 million upgrade will feature a new helipad and fuelling/maintenance facility to help with disaster response and medical emergencies across the region.

Our Deputy Federal Leader and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash, and our NSW Nationals Leader and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, are excited about the airport improvements, which will allow the development of 100 extra jobs across the Central West and North Western NSW. The improvement of aeromedical facilities in these airports will also capitalise on the upgrades to hospitals in Dubbo, Parkes and Forbes.

“I aim to help build the kind of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and quality regional airports can be a big part of that,” said Fiona.

Work has also commenced at Taree Airport for airside and runway improvements. This upgrade will support an additional 8,000 visitors per year to the Manning district as well as supporting local flight training and skydiving businesses.

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