Parkes set for take-off after airport upgrade

Passengers and tourists will benefit and local jobs will be created by an almost $3 million refurbishment of the Parkes Regional Airport, opened today by Riverina Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack and Local Mayor Ken Keith.

Mr McCormack said the upgrade has provided significant security improvements, additional seating in the terminal, more efficient baggage handling and better parking close to the airport.

“These are the little things which can make a travel experience faster and more enjoyable for passengers,” Mr McCormack said.

 

“The investment in these upgrades will mean the many thousands of people who use Parkes airport will be able to enjoy a faster and more efficient screening process and baggage handling, as well as better access to seating and parking at the airport.

“It has also built the technical capability of the airport for the future, including better electric, mechanical, hydraulic and fire services; more runway lighting and a more modern wind-sock.

“Parkes airport services many more than the people of Parkes – its benefits will be seen right across the Central West and as far afield as places such as West Wyalong and Condobolin.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Turnbull-Joyce Government was creating jobs and growth in regional NSW.

“As Minister for Regional Development and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to,” Minister Nash said.

“First class travel facilities are a big part of that.

“This project will provide plenty of work for local tradies during the upgrade and local restaurants, pubs and cafes can expect a boost from that.”

Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith said the investment had supported many local jobs.

“In the Parkes Shire, we understand how vital investment such as this can be as a multiplier effect for the local economy. Every new job means more money in our local economy and more people coming to call Parkes home,” Cr Keith said.

“We are delighted 42 jobs were created in the construction phase and around 30 per cent of procurement was done locally and more than 40 will be retained on an ongoing basis.”

The $3 million upgrade of the terminal complex complements the $2 million recent upgrade of the runway, making it a desirable location for the aviation industry.

Cristy Houghton