Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced that Taree Airport has secured $405,800 in funding to support vital infrastructure upgrades.
Mr Bromhead said the funding comes from the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund Regional Airports program is a much needed investment in the Taree region, creating jobs and contributing to further local economic growth.
“We have been able to build upon previous support for $3 million worth of upgrades to the airport, including runway improvements and lighting for improved safety and service s,” Mr Bromhead said.
“With these new funds committed to a range of upgrades, critical improvements can be made that will greatly enhance the capability for the airport to accommodate more aircraft traffic and tourism in Taree.
“Taree Airport provides three flights daily to and from Sydney and also supports a range of local businesses, such as flight training and skydiving.
“This is a big win for the people and businesses of Myall Lakes and I was determined to ensure that Taree Airport received this crucial funding, which is why I spoke in support of the project in Parliament.
“When I met with Minister Barilaro in Parliament I told him that Taree Airport is the gateway to Myall Lakes and the Manning.
“The airport is also an essential link for both business and tourism for commercial and private aircraft and is often the first port of call for so many people coming into the region and therefore local residents should be proud of it.
“I strongly urged him to support the project and to find the necessary funding for Taree Airport. I am delighted he has done so and I thank him on behalf of residents in this region.
“This is a terrific outcome and once again it demonstrates that the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is continuing to deliver for Myall Lakes and regional NSW.”
Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the project is among 17 successful projects to receive funding made available across regional NSW from the Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
“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 and to improve safety and services,” Mr Barilaro said.
“By funding regional airport infrastructure we’re making a long term investment to create jobs and improve services for residents to support airports with the greatest capacity to increase visitor numbers, stimulating the NSW regional economy.”
A further 10 projects submitted in this round of detailed regional airport infrastructure proposals require additional information to be provided by proponents prior to confirming funding, with final assessment of these projects expected to be completed in the New Year.
For more information visit: www.industry.nsw.gov.au
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