Regional airports are set to receive their share of a $35 million facilities upgrade to boost visitors to areas including the Hunter Valley, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Mudgee and Tamworth, the NSW government says.
The investment will be spread across 17 regional airports.
“We are making a long-term investment in regional infrastructure to enhance regional airport services for residents, and to support airports with greater capacity to increase visitor numbers to regional NSW,” Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said in a statement on Wednesday.
Regional airports are an essential entry point for tourism, health and emergency services, the minister said.
Airports to receive immediate funding are Albury, Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Bourke, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Griffith, Lightning Ridge, Lismore, Lord Howe Island, Merimbula, Moree, Narrandera, Newcastle, Tamworth, Taree and Wagga Wagga.