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$1.4m for security at NSW 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

DOTARS05/75WT 22 December 2005

$1.4m for security at NSW regional airports

The Australian Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, today announced that $1.4 million from the Regional Airport Funding Program will be used to upgrade basic security measures at another five regional airports in New South Wales.

Mr Truss said that the Australian Government is determined to do what it can to protect the security of the many people and businesses in regional Australia who rely for transport services.

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

Since 10 March 2005, 147 regional airports have been designated as security-controlled airports and have a transport security program approved by the Australian Government.

Basic security upgrade measures will be undertaken at:

• Albury Airport - $746,738

• Inverell Airport- $293,634

• Moree Airport - $275,700 • Lightning Ridge Airport - $77,400

• West Wyalong Airport - $53,341

Mr Truss said transport security programs were tailored to local conditions and this funding would help regional airports increase and improve security measures, by providing 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.

“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 the 147 eligible regional airports across Australia.

Mr Truss said today’s funding brings the total amount of funding approved to date for 63 airports to more than $15.06 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.

ENDS

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

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