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(Statement by the Minister for Aviation, the Hon. Wal. Fife, M„P.)

The Minister for Aviation, the Honourable Wal. Fife, .

today inspected the site of proposed civil aviation developments at Darwin airport, accompanied by the Chief Minister of the . Northern Territory, the Honourable Paul Everingham. .

Mr Fife said that during his visit to the Northern Territory he was taking the opportunity to acquaint himself with airport development needs. He had already had useful discussions with Northern Territory and Local Government representatives in

Alice Springs^ in conjunction with Senator Kilgariff and Mr Tambling, M.P.

Mr Fife said that developments at Darwin Airport were significant both for local Darwin and Territory residents and also for the people of Australia because of Darwin's position as "Gateway to the North" and their importance for both tourist promotion and commercial development. .

Mr Fife said that he was pleased to announce that the '

Government had recently given approval for full planning and design to proceed to enable consideration by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Public Works Committee. It vzas likely that a public hearing would be held in Darwin in February 1983 to consider both the

civil aviation and military works and the Minister said that he hoped all interested Darwin people, both residents and industry groups, would make their views known to the Committee.

Mr Fife said that the works currently proposed for' v“ f Darwih airport would enable a new terminal area to be built to · cater for four large international or domestic aircraft. The " terminal building would be fully air conditioned and provided with

aerobridges, providing a high standard of amenities.

Whilst the proposed development was expected to meet Darwin's demands for many years to come, the design would enable the terminal to be expanded if and when this was necessary. Subject to consideration by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Public Works Committee, the first signs of construction work were expected to

take place towards the.end of the first half of 1933, Because the Government had decided to locate a Mirage squadron at Darwin following its withdrawal from Malaysia, additional permanent R.A.A.F. facilities at Darwin would need to be constructed. Mr Fife

said it would be necessary to re-locate the general aviation area to enable R.A.A.F. developments to commence. '



Mr Fife said that he would be placing details of the project before Federal Cabinet for consideration in the forthcoming Budget. - . '

Mr Fife said he was pleased that Commonwealth, Territory and City of Darwin representatives, on the Joint Government Coordination Committee had been able to cooperate effectively to plan these developments. ·

. ”Bearing in mind the importance of the airport for the tourist potential of Darwin and the Territory generally, I am pleased that all three tiers of Government have been able . to get this project off to a good start",' the Minister said.