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Monday, 25 March 1985
Page: 777

(Question No. 27)

Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 25 February:

(1) What is the program for undertaking the promised $2m upgrading of Launceston Airport.

(2) What work is included.

(3) When will it be commenced.

(4) When is it planned to be completed.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Neither my Government nor my Department has made any promise of a $2m upgrading at Launceston Airport.

Following the redeployment of B727-300 aircraft to Tasmania major maintenance was carried out on a section of the runway at Launceston Airport in 1982, due to severe pavement deterioration.

Since that time pavement concessions have been issued to allow operations by B727-200 aircraft. This has allowed all the operations required by airlines to take place; in fact the concessions issued have not been fully utilised.

The pavement condition is being closely monitored and appropriate maintenance is being carried out. A system of regular inspections is being undertaken which will form the basis of future works programming.