Feb 17, 2012

Increased security at Gladstone Airport

Gladstone Airport will benefit with a boost to its security under the Gillard Labor Government’s $200 million Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative.

The program will provide $365,696 for two explosive trace detection machines, two baggage screening machines and a walk through metal detector at Gladstone Airport.

A key component of the Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative is the provision of funding for the purchase of screening equipment at regional airports.

The funding supports the extension of passenger screening at regional airports for larger aircraft from 1 July this year which was announced in 2009.

The safety and security of Australians is the Government’s highest priority.

The Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative is providing funding for a range of new security screening technologies, including body scanners, multi-view X-ray machines and additional firearms and explosive detector dogs.

With over 130 million passengers flying through Australian skies every year, the Government is committed to taking the necessary steps to protect Australian citizens and continue our reputation for aviation safety.