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M I N I S T E R F O R A V I A T I O N 33

news release


Major improvements estimated to cost in excess of

$4 million will be made to the Wagga Wagga Airport, the Member

for Farrer and Commonwealth Minister for Aviation, Mr Wal. Fife,

said today.

Mr Fife said provision had been made in the 1982/83

Budget for the construction of a new terminal building estimated

to cost $1.5 million and for a new control tower at an estimated

cost of $1 million.

He said that about $0.5 million would be spent on

the control tower work this year.

"Both of these projects are required to meet the

growth in traffic at the airport.

"In addition, the runway will be upgraded to allow

the introduction of F28 jet services next year";'

Mr Fife said the cost of improving the runway could

be as much as $1.8 million.

"As most of the works are expected to be carried out

by private contractors, the program will provide a welcome

impetus to local employment in the area," he said.

Mr Fife said the upgrading of the Wagga Wagga Airport

was part of the largest airport development program ever

undertaken in Australia.

The total aviation works program is estimated to cost

$580 million and expenditure this year alone is estimated to be

$1?4 million.

"The introduction of jet services to New South Wales

regional centres will mark the beginning of a new era in air

travel for country people. It will be particularly important

to Wagga Wagga." ยท