CANBERRAS BACKFLIP ON ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT by lifemate

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									                                                               Dr Chris Burns
                               MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORT

                                               22 June 2006

   CANBERRA’S BACKFLIP ON ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT

The Northern Territory Government has delivered on its election promise to contribute $200,000 towards
upgrading Alice Springs Airport so it can attract more international charter flights.

However, the Federal Government has abandoned its commitment to provide matching funds.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Dr Chris Burns said the allocation of the funds by the NT
Government recognises the importance of the tourism industry to the economy of Central Australia.

“A large charter flight from Japan can inject around $500,000 into the regional economy,” Dr Burns said.
“The funding announced today will support the first stage of a project to grow the international charter
flight industry using Alice Springs as the gateway for Australian holidays.
“Stage 1 of the project includes immigration, quarantine and customs facilities to process international
passengers, remodelling of the terminal to include international arrivals and departures, and capability to
handle large aircraft on the ground.
“Ground handling capability and immigration processing facilities for large international flights landing
at Alice Springs Airport are currently brought in from Darwin.
“If the number of charter flights is to grow, it is important for Alice Springs to have its own equipment.
“The Martin Government is pleased to support the Central Australian Tourism Industry Association and
Alice Springs Airport in this project to purchase the necessary equipment.”
Stage 2 of the project, to be fully funded by NT Airports, will involve large-scale, permanent
redevelopment of the airport at a cost of $2 million to $3 million.
Dr Burns said he was particularly disappointed that the Federal Government had refused to provide
matching funding for Alice Springs Airport, despite saying they would always support it.
“The Northern Territory Government’s commitment followed statements by CLP Senator Nigel Scullion
that he would seek a regional partnership with half the funds being provided by the Commonwealth and
half by the NT Government,” Dr Burns said.
“Senator Scullion has failed once again to represent Territorians. He is nothing more than Canberra’s man
in the Territory.”



Contact Minister Burns' Office: 08 8901 4162

								
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