$40m airport upgrade takes off
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.