Government Spends $5 for Orange Airport Expansion

12th Jun 2012

Simon Crean, the Regional Australian Minister, revealed yesterday the details of the expansion plans of the Orange airport in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales. The project will be funded through the second round of the Regional Development Australia Fund.

According to Mr. Crean, the project, which costs $13.91 million, would create job opportunities for local residents possibly, employing 93 persons in the construction stage and 126 individuals for long-term jobs when the construction is finished.

The expanded facility will not only contribute significantly to the mining industry in the region, but to the entire community in general.

The expansion project, upon completion, will give the airport an expanded space of its terminal building and improved taxiways.

Minister Crean told the media that he had a meeting yesterday afternoon with Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner to get the state government's confirmation of its funding for the said project.

The Cadia Valley Operations (CVO) has confirmed its own contribution of $2.5 million to help finance the project.

Tony McPaul, CVO's general manager for operations, stated that the expansion project would boost his company's efficiency and its capacity to train its mining workforce in accordance to TAFE Western standards.

The planned extension of the runway will enable his company to get more workers commute from their residents directly to Orange. It will likewise create more job opportunities in the mining sector for Orange residents who would be able to travel to Western Australia's various mining projects.

The mayor of Orange, John Davis, was very grateful to Mr. Crean for the government's willingness to fund the modernization project of the airport.

The mayor further stated that his city experienced five years of tremendous growth in terms of infrastructure building. He was very excited that soon, his city will have one of the country's best airports upon completion of the project.

The city of Orange could set a great example where the burgeoning mining industry has put on a lot of pressure on the government to develop and improve local infrastructure such as the airport. To overcome this challenge, the mining industry and the government can harmoniously work together.

The actual work will start as soon as the preliminary stages of the project are done such as the assessment of the project's impact to the environmental, among others.

The target completion date of the expansion project is mid-2014.