The Rockhampton Airport will receive a vital upgrade after it was awarded funding through the Coalition Government's Building Better Regions Fund.
MP for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the airport pavement upgrade would receive $5 million through the Coalition's Building Better Regions Fund, making future military and public use expansion a reality.
“This airport upgrade will reduce the impact of flooding closures and reduce the clean-up costs, protecting jobs and economic growth during and after flooding disasters,” Ms Landry said.
“The Rockhampton airport is a major gateway for the wider region, providing key labour and goods supply chain linkages and other services for key sectors of Transport and Logistics, Tourism, Health and Emergency Services, Defence, and Agriculture.
“This project will address significant constraints to job creation, commercial investment and economic growth in Capricornia immediately and for the long term.
“The upgrade will reduce closure times during flood events, reducing investment risk and therefore allowing for growth and diversification of the economy.
The Rockhampton Airport Pavement Upgrade Project will deliver asphalt resurfacing to the main runway plus surface enrichment to the taxiways, runway shoulders, and both the military and regular public transport aprons.
The airport upgrade will significantly reduce closure from flood events by 8.5 days, saving the economy around $6.29 million based on the 2016 figures, creating 27 jobs and delivering incremental benefits of $22.9 million to the economy over 15 years.
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