Aug 10, 2016

Up, up and away for regional airport upgrades

Cloncurry has its sights set sky high with the official opening of the multimillion-dollar upgrade of the town’s airport terminal.

State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham did the honours, saying the project allowed the airport to cater for a larger volume of passengers on their way to homes, businesses and jobs in nearby mines.

“The upgrades have seen Virgin Australia introduce twice-weekly direct flights from Brisbane to Cloncurry, and with it the potential to boost tourism in the region,” Dr Lynham said

“Investing in critical regional infrastructure projects like the Cloncurry airport demonstrates the Palaszczuk government’s commitment to strengthening regional communities.”

The Cloncurry airport during upgrade construction works.

Cloncurry Shire Council contributed $3.2 million to upgrade the terminal on top of $2.5 million for apron and taxiway improvements.

The Queensland Government provided $500,000 from its regional infrastructure funding program for the terminal revamp and $800,000 to support the recently completed upgrade to the taxiway and apron. .

Dr Lynham said the recently completed terminal upgrade allowed for security screening of passengers plus cafes and car hire.

Cloncurry Shire Council has also undertaken works to construct a new carpark and landscaping of the airport grounds.

Dr Lynham was also at Blackall this week to officially open a $1.72 million airport upgrade there.

The terminal upgrade was jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, with more than $875,000 from the Queensland Government’s regional infrastructure funding program.

State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham with Blackall-Tambo Mayor (left) Andrew Martin and his predecessor Barry Muir.

Dr Lynham said Blackall airport had been identified as having strategic significance for regional economic growth.

“The upgrade allows for increases in air traffic and transportation, and will play an important role in the economic future of the Blackall region,” he said.

“This opening celebrates the completion of three complementary projects—the $1 million purpose-built terminal, a $365,000 upgrade to runway and taxi lighting, and a $443,049 refuelling facility.”