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Coffs Harbour Airport upgrade takes off

Work has commenced on the $6.5 million Coffs Harbour Airport airside and terminal upgrade Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser said today.

Mr Fraser said the groundwork, being undertaken by Coffs Harbour City Council which is delivering the project, was underway to upgrade the airside and terminal.

“This investment by the NSW Government will boost tourism and business investment in the area, paving the way for more local jobs and economic return.  Coffs Harbour Airport plays a crucial role in the long term viability and growth of the local Coffs Harbour economy and is an essential entry point to the region, providing services to more than 350,000 passengers annually,” Mr Fraser said.

 

“The Coffs Harbour Airport upgrade was supported by the $110 million Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund which funds projects, such as rail trails, regional airports and cruise infrastructure,” Mr Fraser said.

 

“The upgrade will allow more aircraft to be on the tarmac at the airport and provide a greater capacity to process increased visitor numbers in the terminal. It is expected to create around 80 ongoing jobs once the project is complete.  The Coffs Harbour Airport upgrade will extend the runway apron area and upgrade the terminal facilities to help improve services for locals and visitors,” he said.

 

Minister for Regional Development, John Barilaro, said the Government’s record investment in regional infrastructure continues to give people in regional NSW access to better and safer services, and more opportunities for employment.

 

“This is just another example of how the NSW Government is delivering more jobs, new business opportunities and a greater standard of living for the people of regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

 

“Regional NSW is an economic powerhouse and the NSW Government will continue to invest for the long term building the skills and confidence our regional communities need to create and grow jobs for now and for the future.”

 

As part of its focus on driving regional infrastructure investment, the NSW Government is delivering:

 

  • $6 billion under Rebuilding NSW
  • $240 million for mining affected communities under the Resources for Regions Fund
  • $110 million under the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund
  • $92 million with the Commonwealth and carriers under Round One of the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spots Program
  • $32 million through the Commonwealth’s Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Fund

 

For more information: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/rtif.

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