Upgrades at Snowy Mountains Airport take off

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Upgrades at Snowy Mountains Airport take off

Snowy Monaro Regional Council General Manager Joe Vescio, Snowy Mountains Airport Financial Controller Julie Swinney, John Barilaro, Snowy Mountains Airport Aviation Manager Paul Clarke and Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator Dean Lynch inspect lighting and runway upgrades at the Snowy Mountains Airport.

Monday, 03 July 2017

The Snowy Mountains Airport runway and lighting upgrade is now complete, just in time for the peak winter season, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

“We are very excited to see works completed on this important airport renovation, as it will boost tourism and stimulate growth in the Snowy Mountains region,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government is proud to fund this project through a $1.43 million investment under the Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.”

The Snowy Mountains Airport is a major link servicing NSW’s alpine region, with the facility currently used for REX flights to and from Sydney, charter flights and private planes.

Works for this project have included repairing the runway, taxiway and apron surfaces, in addition to a full upgrade of all runway and hazard lighting infrastructure.

Mr Barilaro said that this project will attract more flights to the area and make the Snowy Mountains a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

“This infrastructure upgrade will enable the airport to better service existing flights, as well as attracting more air services during the Snowy Mountains’ busy ski season,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The increasing visitor numbers will benefit the resorts and tourism businesses across the alpine region, with estimates suggesting that these upgrades will increase regional income by more than $50 million over the next 20 years.”

Mr Barilaro said this project will create local jobs and ensure the airport continues to support the wider community.

“Along with regular passenger flights, the Snowy Mountains Airport is the community’s gateway to all sorts of emergency ambulance, firefighting and wildlife services,” Mr Barilaro said.

“These upgrades will enable the airport to maximise its efficiency levels and ensure the facility has the necessary infrastructure to support these vital services.”

The NSW Government’s $110 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund supports regional tourism by funding critical visitor economy infrastructure projects such as rail trails, airports and cruise terminals.