The New South Wales Liberal and Nationals Government has awarded a $112,766 grant for a plan and business case to expand Broken Hill’s airport, addressing the expected increase in traffic from the region’s expanding mining industry.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, Paul Toole, said the grant will support Broken Hill City Council to deliver a plan and business case.

“Broken Hill is becoming a critical hub for growth across Western New South Wales, and the airport needs to cater for the increasing demands of passengers and freight,” Mr Toole said.

“This grant will support the council to establish an in-depth assessment and strong business case for the much needed growth of the airport capabilities.”

State Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales, Dugald Saunders, said, “The bush is bursting with people full of ideas with the potential to create jobs, boost economies, and attract investment.

“Any successful project starts with evidence-based planning and this program helps take great concepts a step closer to reality.

“It’s not unusual to see a strain on transport networks in a growth area like Broken Hill and this funding will help find solutions to support the region to continue to thrive.”

Broken Hill City Council Mayor, Tom Kennedy, welcomed the funding, saying the initiative is vital for the future of the far west.

“This business case will allow us to take a strategic approach to the airport, transforming the precinct into a hub for industrial and commercial enterprise, along with delivering upgrades needed to meet Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) standards,” Mr Kennedy said.

“I wish to thank Deputy Premier Toole, Minister Saunders and the New South Wales Government for their ongoing support of the city at this critical time.”

The grant was funded by the New South Wales Government’s Regional New South Wales – Business Case and Strategy Development Fund.

Feature image (L-R): Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales Dugald Saunders was joined by Nationals Candidate for Barwon Annette Turner and Councillor Michael Boland for the announcement. Image supplied by Broken Hill City Council.

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