Cloncurry’s airport is set to get an $1 million upgrade to cater for an increase in FIFO workers after the State Government committed $800,000 to the project as part of the Royalties for Regions program.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said, “Cloncurry is fast becoming a hub for regional resource industry projects and the current infrastructure is no longer adequate for the larger, heavier aircraft and increased passenger numbers,” Mr Seeney said.
“Upgrading the apron and taxiway at the airport will improve services for the local community, visitors and resource sector workers.
“Investing in regional transport infrastructure such as this is an important part of growing economic development in regional Queensland and building the resource pillar of the Queensland economy.
Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor Andrew Daniels said he pleased to see the airport getting a badly needed upgrade.
“Cloncurry local government area is a valuable contributor to the Queensland economy and I’m pleased to see this acknowledged through the Royalties for the Regions program,” Mr Daniels said.
“The $800,000 for the Cloncurry Airport upgrade recognises the $119 million of royalties generated as a result of resource activity in the Shire.
“I believe this figure will rise as Cloncurry continues to experience sustained growth.”