Infrastructure Australia prioritises Newcastle Airport upgrade

Infrastructure Australia prioritises Newcastle Airport upgrade

Infrastructure Australia (IA), the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor, late last month announced that Newcastle Airport’s proposed upgrade has been added to its 2021 Priority List.

The associated Williamtown Special Activation Precinct, which surrounds the airport and was recently announced by the NSW Government, has also been included.

In response, Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock said it was the strongest possible affirmation that upgrading the airport to Code E status was a game changer for the region, the aviation industry, and more broadly for the nation.

“The inclusion on IA’s priority list, further demonstrates that this project is one of national significance with huge potential,” he said.

“It strongly reinforces the link between upgrading the airport to international status and the global defence and aerospace precinct it sits in.

“Importantly, it also supports the foresight shown by the Federal Government in continuing conversations with us about the airfield upgrade over recent months.”

In the wake of COVID-19, confidence boosting projects such as these are a welcomed surprise for Newcastle Airport and will help them move forward from the devastating effects COVID-19 had on the tourism and aviation sector.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said it was a very exciting time for Newcastle and the broader region.

“With this announcement, Newcastle’s status as one of Australia’s most important cities is confirmed. No other local government area dominates the IA priority list like Newcastle,” she said.

“The independent advisor has now confirmed the importance of these infrastructure projects on a national scale.

“The value of these projects to the local, regional and national economy is significant, and is worth many billions of dollars,”

Peter reiterated that he was hoping for more investment from the NSW Government, in partnership with the Airport, in the future.

“This announcement supports the investment the NSW Government has made in the airport and the Williamtown precinct to date. We hope it provides the impetus for more bold decision making on their behalf in the future of regional NSW.”

“It’s important to remember that the airfield upgrades are only part of our future requirement. An upgrade to the civilian aprons and terminal to meet the demand of the larger aircraft will also be necessary.

“We are currently exploring funding opportunities in partnership with the NSW government for these works,” he concluded.

IMAGE | Newcastle Airport CEO, Peter Cock, Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes and Newcastle Airport Chair, Kirby Clark (left-right).

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Newcastle Airport is a significant gateway into NSW and the Hunter. As a major transport hub it is critical to economic and social infrastructure and its planned and managed growth has helped underpin the continued prosperity of the Hunter. 

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