Oct 7, 2011

Increased security at Townsvile Airport

Townsville Airport will benefit from the Gillard Labor Government’s $49,000 investment in four Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) machines at its domestic and international airports.

The ETD equipment is a security screening machine which is already used throughout Australia to detect traces of explosives on people and objects.

The investment is part of the Government’s $200 million Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative aimed at supporting Australia’s domestic and international aviation security regime against emerging threats.

Under the initiative, the Government 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 remains committed to taking the necessary steps to protect Australian citizens and continue our reputation for aviation safety,