Extension Of Lord Howe Island Airport Runway To Be Considered

Extension Of Lord Howe Island Airport Runway To Be Considered

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, announced today that the NSW Government has committed $450,000 for a feasibility study to investigate the extension of the runway at Lord Howe Island Airport.

“The feasibility study is being funded though the $110 million Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund which supports regional tourism by contributing to critical tourist economy infrastructure projects such as rail trails, airports and cruise terminals,” Mr Constance said.

“The NSW Government is committed to improving infrastructure which assists in attracting more visitors to regional NSW and making it a more attractive place to live and work.”

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said that what makes Lord Howe Island such an attractive place to live and visit is its pristine environment.

“A thorough feasibility study including the possibility of an extension of the runway into the lagoon which will give us all the facts to help us make the right decision for the Lord Howe Island residents who rely on tourism for their livelihood and for the long term protection of this World Heritage Listed location.”

Mrs Williams, said she was proud of the NSW Government’s continued investment in Lord Howe Island Airport.

“The $450,000 funding of the runway feasibility study is in addition to a $1.8 million contribution made by the NSW Government, also through the Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, for a major upgrade of the terminal at Lord Howe Island Airport,” Mrs Williams said.

“The upgrade will focus on improving the current airport terminal, which is in poor condition and has insufficient space for outgoing passengers waiting for flights.

“The construction tender for the terminal upgrade is expected to be announced in the coming weeks,” Mrs Williams said.

The terminal upgrade works include the demolition and replacement of some of the existing airport terminal, construction of new toilets, replacement of flooring, installation of additional seating, construction of new covered area and improved entry and exit from the building.

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