AIR­PORT FUND­ING "MISSED"

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

WHIT­SUN­DAY MP Ja­son Costi­gan has called on his fed­eral col­leagues to step up to the plate with in­vest­ment to­wards the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port.

Mr Costi­gan said Townsville re­ceived cus­toms and im­mi­gra­tion fund­ing ahead of the pre­vi­ous elec­tion while the Whit­sun­days got noth­ing.

“The mem­ber for Her­bert (Ewen Jones) at the time did a pretty good job at con­vinc­ing Can­berra of fa­cil­i­tat­ing cus­toms at Townsville air­port – good on them, but we missed out,” he said.

“Air­ports cost money to up­grade and in­vest in and the ratepay­ers can’t do it on their own.”

The 2015–16 Fed­eral Bud­get shows $26.2 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to Townsville and Sun­shine Coast air­ports across four years to es­tab­lish per­ma­nent bor­der clear­ance ser­vices.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Daw­son MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen di­rected the Whit­sun­day Times to his jobs plan.

“I have al­ready ar­ranged for both (Mackay and Whit­sun­day) air­ports to have ini­tial in­spec­tions with Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives to iden­tify air­port in­fra­struc­ture and re­sourc­ing re­quire­ments,” the state­ment said.

A Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive said $24 mil­lion to­wards the air­port run­way up­grade was part of the air­port’s growth strat­egy.

IN­VEST­MENT CALL: Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan says fed­eral fund­ing is needed to up­grade the air­port.

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