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STATEMENT BY THE HON. WAL. FIFE, M.P., MINISTER FOR AVIATION

BRISBANE AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT

The Minister for Aviation, the Hon. Wal. Fife, M.P., today said that the Commonwealth Government had decided not to defer the targetted opening date of the Brisbane Airport development by four years as recently recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. - However, in view of a number of other factors, the commissioning date was now likely to be during 1987.

The Minister said that the Committee's report had been carefully considered but the circumstances had not changed sufficiently since the original hearing by the Committee in 1979 to warrant a major delay to the project.

Mr Fife said, however, that during the review of the Brisbane Airport project, the Government had to take into account the high levels of Commonwealth expenditure on a considerable number of other major projects in Queensland such as Cairns, Townsville, Bundaberg, Archer-

field, Coolangatta, and Maroochydore. A further factor to cause some delay related to issues of terminal operation. This particular matter had yet to be resolved with the major airlines.

The Minister emphasised that the development of Brisbane Airport, •remained a matter of high priority for the Commonwealth Government.

"I am closely watching progress to ensure that the Airport is open to traffic as early as possible in 1987. However, I emphasise that the value of airport programs in Queensland alone represents more than 50% of the total national airports program announced in this year's Budget," Mr Fife said.

"Major progress will be made this financial year as a result of a $62.5 million expenditure in 1982/83. Within the next few days my colleague, the Minister for Transport and Construction, Mr Ralph Hunt, will be moving an expediency motion in the Parliament to enable the - remainder of works to the„scope recommended by the Public Works

Committee to proceed. This would include cross runway, taxiways and apron pavements, control tower and many other facilities," the Minister said. ·

Mr Fife also added that extensions to Brisbane Airport International Terminal were expected to be ready for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Brisbane later this month.

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

5 September 1982