Photo caption: Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton pictured at Dubbo Regional Airport where a drainage upgrade will take place thanks to $572,500 in funding provided under the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.
Safety upgrades will be able to continue at Dubbo Regional Airport thanks to an additional $572,500 in funding from the Australian Government.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton today met with Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson to discuss the funding, provided under Round 3 of the Regional Airports Program.
“I’m delighted that Dubbo Regional Council has received this funding which will be used for the third stage of a general aviation drainage upgrade at the airport,” Mr Coulton said.
“Dubbo Regional Airport is a key transport link for people throughout the Central West so it’s important that the infrastructure is up-to-scratch to meet the current and future needs of the region.
“This funding follows $300,000 provided under the previous round of the Regional Airports Program which was used for a general aviation upgrade of the airport. I’m pleased the Australian Government is continuing to invest in this major regional airport.”
Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson said Council welcomes this funding.
“With over 10,000 aircraft movements annually, these works go a long way to ensuring the underground infrastructure is kept up to a standard that will allow Dubbo Regional Council to future proof the growth of the community,” Cr Dickerson said.
“The airport has undergone some challenging times with impacts of droughts, floods and COVID but it is a key piece of infrastructure that connects community to medical, professional, emergency services, recreation and private enterprise and great to see the ongoing support for not just Dubbo but the region as a whole.”
Mr Coulton said the Regional Airport Program was an initiative of the former Coalition Government to ensure our regions are better and more safely connected.
“Our regional airports provide a critical link to major cities which is not only important for tourism but for the health, economic development and growth of our communities,” Mr Coulton said.
“I’m proud that the former Coalition Government recognised the importance of this and committed $100 million over four years from 2019–20 to 2022–23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver upgrades to improve air services.”
For more information about the Regional Airports Program, visit: www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure-transport-vehicles/aviation/regional-remote-aviation/regional-airports-program