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Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro has announced that 17 regional airports will share in $35 million for vital infrastructure upgrades.

“We are making a long term investment in regional infrastructure to enhance regional airport services for residents, and to support airports with greater capacity to increase visitor numbers to regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.


“Projects 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.


“Regional airports play a vital role in the long term viability and growth for local communities and economies in NSW, and 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.


Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the investment in regional airport infrastructure supports other work we are undertaking to enhance regional air transport services.


“We’ve deregulated a number of air services 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,” Mr Constance said.


“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.”


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