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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1502


Mr LINDSAY(5.03) —During a visit to Townsville on 24 February 1983 the then Leader of the Opposition promised the people of Townsville that a Hawke Government would, during its first term, institute proceedings and take the necessary action to provide a new domestic terminal and associated facilities at Townsville Airport. The present Townsville terminal was constructed shortly after World War II. It has served the Townsville community since then. The present facilities are inadequate. They are barely able to cope with the tremendous expansion of air traffic that has developed in north Queensland over the last 10 years.

But what is of significance is that no action had been taken by the previous Government, in all its years prior to 1983, to deal with the need to provide a new domestic air terminal in Townsville. Certainly the previous Minister for Aviation, the honourable member for Farrer (Mr Fife), had visited Townsville prior to the last Federal election and had provided a sketch plan of a proposed new terminal, but no action was taken. I commend the Hawke Government on its decisiveness and on the urgent way in which it has decided to provide this much needed facility.

In the 1984-85 Budget an allocation of $300,000 was provided for these works. It is anticipated that tenders will be called in April 1985. The Hawke Government has taken merely 16 months to reach the stage at which this House has made this referral to the Public Works Committee on the Townsville Airport terminal area redevelopment. Hopefully, the new domestic air terminal will be completed by 1987.