New facilities at Kowanyama Airport will improve security, safety and efficiency, with upgrades coming off the back of funding through Round 4 of the Palaszczuk Government’s successful $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said this latest round of BoR will see the state partner with 37 councils on 49 projects.
“This work will deliver vital infrastructure to our communities and will stimulate regional economic growth, while supporting an estimated 657 jobs,” Mr Dick said.
“The $1.03 million Kowanyama Transport Hub project – Airport Terminal Stage 2 is receiving $1 million from BoR, with Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council contributing $30,000.”
Kowanyama Ministerial Champion Mark Ryan said more seating, an undercover standing area, a secure undercover baggage area, disabled and baby-change facilities, and a kiosk and office space will all be delivered as part of the works.
“Airports are particularly important for our very remote regions – reducing economic and social isolation for these communities, while allowing for better access to health, education and business services,” Mr Ryan said.
Kowanyama Airport services approximately 500 passengers and seven tonnes of freight each week, so it’s crucial the facilities can comfortably accommodate this movement.
“These upgrades will support three jobs during construction, while long-term they’ll benefit local residents, fly-in/fly-out service providers, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, airline staff, and visitors to the region.
“The project will also boost tourism and business opportunities, and builds on earlier airport infrastructure upgrades to the runway, fencing, car park and lighting.”
Kowanyama Mayor Michael Yam welcomed the funding, and said the new airport terminal will be a great boost to the community and local economy.
“Ensuring our passengers and visitors have the same facilities as other airports means we can promote our region more widely,” Mr Yam said.
“The airport is crucial for all year access to our community. This funding will allow us to provide a first-rate passenger experience and will also enable our community to showcase arts and crafts to support the development of our local economy.”
Under previous rounds, the program has allocated $225 million to 174 critical infrastructure projects across the state, generating 1762 jobs and attracting additional investment of $353.5 million from councils and other organisations.
Learn more about the Building our Regions program.