Jun 1, 2012

Cloncurry Airport to benefit from increased security

The Gillard Labor Government is delivering almost $580,000 to boost security for the Great North West of Queensland residents and passengers travelling through Cloncurry Airport.

Cloncurry 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.

At Cloncurry, the funding will support the purchase of:

  • one checked baggage screening x-ray machine;
  • one passenger baggage screening x-ray machine;
  • two explosive trace detection machines;
  • one walk through metal detector machine; and
  • four hand-held metal detectors.

Almost 14,000 passengers flew to and from Cloncurry Airport last year. Their safety and security and that of all Australian passengers is the Government’s highest priority.

Delivering essential screening equipment to Australia’s major regional airports is a critical part of our national aviation security investment.

The Government’s funding will provide airports like Cloncurry with passenger screening from 1July 2012.

Australia has a world-class reputation for aviation safety and security and we are determined to make sure this continues.

The Gillard Labor Government is committed to supporting regional airports and protecting the 130 million passenger movements across Australian skies each year.

The grant is being provided to Cloncurry Shire Council.