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Media Release

John Anderson

Minister for Transport and Regional Services

 

ROCKHAMPTON AIRPORT RUNWAY EXTENSION

 

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11 May1999

 

The Howard-Fischer Government has kept its election promise to contribute $7 million towards upgrading Rockhampton A irport. This follows 13 years of neglect by the previous Labor government.

 

The Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today that $1 million has been provided in the 1999-00 Budget, while the remaining $6 million would be made available in

2000-01.

 

The Rockhampton City Council plans to upgrade the airport’s terminal and extend the length of Rockhampton Airport’s runway, initially from 1,980 metres to 2,680 metres.

 

Mr Anderson said that extending the runway would enable Rockhampton Airport to take heavily laden B767 and short haul B747 aircraft. It would also support the increased use of the airport by the military.

 

“This initiative will improve links to the Capricornia region, as well as sustain prosperity and employment benefits stemming from increased tourism,” he said.

 

“There will also be increased foreign defence force spending as a result of foreign troop movements for military exercises being staged directly through Rockhampton, rather than via other Australian gateways.

 

“Rockhampton is already designated as an international airport and acts as the major aviation transport hub for the Capricornia region. It has already attracted market-testing charter operations.

 

“Extending the Rockhampton Airport’s runway will make Rockhampton a more desirable destination for future international passenger charters and improve the efficiency of Rockhampton as a staging point for international military exercises conducted at Shoalwater Bay.”

 

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680

 

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