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    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Western Queensland airports set to get a million dollar makeover

    Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Friday, May 07, 2010

    Western Queensland airports set to get a million dollar makeover

    Local Government Minister Desley Boyle said residents and visitors would benefit from upgraded airport facilities with a million dollar makeover of Bedourie and Birdsville airports about to get underway.

    With tenders soon to be announced, Ms Boyle took time out from a busy, two-day visit to Western Queensland to inspect the site of the Bedourie airport upgrade.

    “When completed the upgraded Bedourie and Birdsville airports will provide modern facilities for passengers and ensure 24-hour all-weather access for the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” she said.

    “The distance between towns and the remoteness from major cities is peculiar to a state the size of Queensland so the local airports play a key role in ensuring essential services are delivered.

    “A new modern facility is being built in Bedourie that will include a secure baggage handling area, disabled access and new toilets for passengers.

    “The Bligh Government is providing $240,000 in subsidies for the Bedourie project and Diamantina Shire Council is contributing $70,000.

    “In Birdsville, the airport caters for both the Royal Flying Doctor Service as well as commercial aircraft.

    “When the world famous Birdsville Races are on, some people say it is busier than Heathrow in London so I am sure the upgrade will be appreciated by people across Queensland!

    “The current facility is more than 30 years old so the upgrades will ensure it can continue to meet the needs of passengers well into the future.

    “The Bligh Government has committed $400,000 in subsidies for the Birdsville Airport upgrade while Council has also played its part, committing $220,000.

    “Upgrades of both airports will bring economic and social benefits to the region. “

    Ms Boyle said tenders were expected to be awarded later this month with work due to commence in early July.

    Ms Boyle is in Bedourie as part of a two-day visit to Western Queensland to speak at the Western Queensland Local Government Association Conference and meet with local councils.

    Media contact: Minister Boyle’s Office 3227 8819

    Liam Ferney 0428 199 933