Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, today announced $197,761 from the Federal Labor Government to boost security for south west residents and passengers travelling through Busselton Airport.
Busselton Airport will benefit from the Government’s $200 million Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative, a national investment to strengthen domestic and international aviation security against new and emerging threats.
This funding is supporting the purchase of:
- three explosive trace detection machines,
- one walk through metal detector machine; and
- four hand held metal detectors.
“The Government’s funding will allow airports like Busselton to be able to provide passenger screening from 1 July 2012,” Mr Albanese said.
Senator for Western Australia, Chris Evans, said the funds will allow Busselton Airport to get on with the important job of protecting Western Australians.
“As our State grows, we need to make sure that people are protected, regardless of where they are living or travelling,” Senator Evans said.
This new funding comes on top of $100,000 matching funding provided to Busselton Airport for minor modifications of passenger terminal facilities to help facilitate the new screening processes.
In the second half of 2011, Busselton Airport experienced more than 6,000 passenger movements. Their safety and security and that of all Australian passengers is the Government’s highest priority.
Australia has a world-class reputation for aviation safety and security and we are determined to make sure that continues.
The grant is being provided to the City of Busselton.