Economic Benefits to Safely Land at Rockhampton Airport
The economy is set to soar in Rockhampton, following multi-million dollar upgrades at Rockhampton Airport to improve access and reduce closures due to flooding.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the resurfaced main runway, improved taxiways, runway shoulders and military and public transport areas will help the airport better service the community.
“These upgrades will improve the connection between local communities during disasters and improve the region’s access to vital health and emergency services, which is a fantastic outcome,” Ms Landry said.
“This project is all about delivering jobs and supported 99 jobs during construction and creates 11 ongoing jobs, will provide a healthy boost to the regional economy.
“Thanks to these upgrades, an estimated $23 million will be injected into the Rockhampton and wider Capricornia economy over the next 15 years.” Ms Landry said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project was part of the Government’s commitment to grow the economy and deliver the infrastructure regional centres need for the future.
Rockhampton Region Mayor, Margaret Strelow, praised the Federal Government for their commitment to improving the flood resilience of the airport.
“Rockhampton Airport is vital to the growth and diversification of Rockhampton and wider Capricornia economy, providing interregional linkages and supporting key sectors of Transport and Logistics, Tourism, Defence and Agriculture,” Cr Strelow said.
“It is also vital for health and emergency services such as Royal Flying Doctor, Angel Flight and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue.
“The aim of the project is to enable the Airport to re-open faster after future inundation events, up to 8.5 days faster in an event scenario similar to the flood of 2011,” Cr Strelow said.
Mayor Strelow said that Council was also assessing the possibility to construct a Levee bank to mitigate flooding at the airport.
The project was jointly funded with the Federal Liberal National Government investing $5 million and Rockhampton Regional Council $8.6 million.
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s contribution was funded under the Building Better Regions Fund. This is a $641 million investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.