$40m air­port up­grade takes off

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

PRE­MIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said a ma­jor $40 mil­lion up­grade at Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port was a strong vote of con­fi­dence in Queens­land’s tourism in­dus­try and the jobs it sup­ported.

The Pre­mier and La­bor’s can­di­date for Whit­sun­day Bron­wyn Taha yes­ter­day joined Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor An­drew Will­cox and Tourism Whitsundays chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Craig Turner to in­spect the air­port’s run­way fol­low­ing its $25 mil­lion up­grade.

Ms Taha said the ter­mi­nal im­prove­ment and ex­pan­sion project – due for com­ple­tion in Oc­to­ber next year – would dou­ble the size of the ex­ist­ing de­par­ture lounge, bag­gage claim and ar­rivals ar­eas.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor An­drew Will­cox said the air­port up­grade was a boost for the en­tire re­gion.

“The equa­tion is pretty sim­ple,” said Councillor Will­cox.

“With­out the sup­port of the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s $15 mil­lion loan, this project would never have gone ahead.

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