Jul 5, 2012

Increased Security at Moranbah Airport

The Federal Labor Government is delivering $650,000 to boost security for residents, mine workers and other passengers travelling through Moranbah Airport.

From this month, selected regional airports, including Moranbah are carrying out improved passenger screening processes. This funding is allowing Moranbah Airport to invest in the equipment and infrastructure needed to facilitate the improved screening processes.

This funding is supporting 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
  • two hand held metal detectors.

Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore, said the new security screening technology completes the upgrade of the airport with the opening of the new terminal last Sunday.

“Passengers on regional air services are entitled to the same protections of a safe and secure aviation system as any other air travellers,” Ms Livermore said.

“Together, the new facilities will keep regional travellers and the growing number of fly-in fly-out workers employed in the region’s expanding mining sector safe in our skies.”

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said more than 79,000 passengers flew to and from Moranbah Airport last year.

“Their safety and security and that of all Australian passengers is the Government’s highest priority,” Mr Albanese said.

“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 airport owner operators BHP Coal Pty Ltd and is being delivered under the Government’s $200 million Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative; a national investment to strengthen domestic and international aviation security against new and emerging threats.