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More than $4.6m in security funding for regional Airports.



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Warren Truss Minister for Transport and Regional Services Deputy Leader of The Nationals

M E D I A R E L E A S E

DOTARS05/34WT 17 October 2005

More than $4.6m in Security Funding for Regional Airports

The Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, today announced that more than $4.6 million from the Regional Airport Funding Program is to be provided to upgrade basic security measures at another 15 regional airports around Australia.

Mr Truss said that the Australian Government is determined to protect the security of the many people and businesses in regional Australia who rely on their airports.

“These security upgrades will increase confidence in the safety of our regional airports and will provide a boost for both local communities and their wider regions,” he said.

Since 10 March 2005, 146 regional airports have been designated as security-controlled airports and have a transport security program approved by the Australian Government.

This round of funding provides basic security upgrade measures at:

• Narrabri Airport, NSW - $183,854;

• Bourke Airport, NSW - $56,650; • Albany Airport, WA - $130,644;

• Kalbarri Airport, WA - $38,880;

• Dubbo Airport, NSW - $155,837 for Stage 2; • Meekatharra Airport, WA - $66,820;

• Bathurst Airport, NSW - $185,871;

• Mount Hotham Airport, Vic- $88,029; • Essendon Airport, Vic - $1,911,430.70;

• Jandakot Airport, WA - $885,741.00;

• Moorabbin Airport, Vic - $663,834 Stage 1 and Stage 2; • Cobar Airport, NSW - $20,495.40;

• Parkes Airport, NSW - $24,033.10;

• Leonora Airport, WA - $161,617; and • Cambridge Airport, Tas - $38,911.

Mr Truss said transport security programs are tailored to local conditions and this funding will help regional airports increase and improve security measures, such as fencing, lighting, CCTV and access control.

“Broadening the security base will reinforce travellers’ confidence in the Australian aviation industry which is already regarded as one of the safest and most secure in the world.

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Tim Langmead - Media Adviser 02 6277 7680 0418 221 433 tim.langmead@dotars.gov.au www.ministers.dotars.gov.au

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Kylie Butler - Media Adviser 02 6277 7680 0417 652 488 kylie.butler@dotars.gov.au www.ministers.dotars.gov.au

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Kylie Butler - Media Adviser 02 6277 7680 or 0417 652 488 Email: kylie.butler@dotars.gov.au Web site: www.ministers.dotars.gov.au

“The Australian Government is continuing to work closely with industry to implement a range of measures to increase security for the regional aviation industry,” he said.

The Regional Airport Funding Program will provide $35 million to increase security measures at 146 eligible regional airports across Australia.

Mr Truss said today’s funding brings the total amount of funding approved to date for 43 airports to more than $8.3 million.

“A number of these airports will receive further funding as they roll out additional, agreed security measures in the future.”

Mr Truss acknowledged the support of the Australian Airports Association in negotiating funding arrangements for the regional airports.

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