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New NT airports deserve greater tourism role



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Senator Grant Tambling Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia

Media Release

NEW NT AIRPORTS DESERVE GREATER TOURISM ROLE

The opening of domestic airline routes to international carriers would boost tourism in the Northern Territory, Senator Grant Tambling said today.

Speaking on the eve of the opening of Darwin Airport, Senator Tambling called on the Federal Government to develop a strategy involving the Northern Territory's two new airports.

The Alice Springs Airport opened last week.

Senator Tambling pointed to the congestion of Sydney Airport saying the international focus needed to be shared with other parts of the country.

"The new airports at Darwin and Alice Springs are a credit to their designers, builders and workers and deserve a greater role in developing the nation's tourism industry.

"Both projects have been a long time coming. The original commitments were given by the Fraser Government in 1982 when I was a Member of the House of Representatives."

Senator Tambling said he was still concerned about the delay in transferring general aviation facilities to the new northside of the airport and the inevitable inconvenience.

"The Aviation Support Minister, Senator Bob Collins, also needs to ensure that operational activities such as

firefighting, security and safety are not compromised at the new airport or the subject of union action."

ENDS Contact: Senator Grant Tambling 81 3567 Tiz Zeroni 81 3567

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