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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    State Government commits to $2.2 million Charleville Airport facelift

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Anthony Lynham

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    State Government commits to $2.2 million Charleville Airport facelift

    Charleville Airport is to be upgraded, with better aircraft and passenger facilities, thanks to a $2.2 million State Government funding contribution.

    State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Murweh Shire Council would receive $2.2 million towards the $2.3 million upgrade.

    The funds are part of a $67 million pool of funds for regional projects that will create more than 400 jobs across the state, including around seven for the airport project.

    “The airport is a strategically important piece of infrastructure that provides south western Queensland with access to medical services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service as well as infrastructure for commercial and private visitor flights,” Dr Lynham said.

    “The upgrade will strengthen runways and taxiways, upgrade the existing apron area, upgrade the terminal building and security system, and increase the car parking area to improve services for the local community, visitors and workers.

    “I commend Murweh Shire Council for its $100,000 contribution to this project that is critical to the region’s economic development.

     “I am particularly pleased to see that the Royal Flying Doctor Service made a substantial commitment in the construction of a new administration building and medical centre at the airport.

    “We made it clear during the election campaign that we would honour commitments under round four of the Royalty for the Regions program, and that’s what we’re doing.”

    Dr Lynham, who is also Natural Resources and Mines Minister, said the government was close to finalising its election commitment to establish a Building our Regions program comprised of four focussed funds:

    ·         Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme of $60 million over two years

    ·         Regional Capital Fund of $70 million over two years

    ·         Royalties for Resource-Producing Communities Fund of $55 million over two years

    ·         Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund of $15 million over two years.

     “These funds will help create jobs, support economic development and ensure critical infrastructure is delivered in regional communities - without having to sell our assets,” he said.

    ENDS

    12 May, 2015

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