Mar 30, 2012

Increasing security at Emerald Airport

Today, the Gillard Labor Government will deliver more than $640,000 to boost security for passengers travelling through Emerald Airport.

The number of passengers at Emerald has more than doubled over the last five years, with more than 194,000 passengers flying to and from the airport in 2011.

Emerald 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 Emerald Airport, the funding will support the purchase of:

  • two explosive trace detection machines,
  • one checked baggage screening machine,
  • one carry-on baggage screening machine,
  • one walk through metal detector machine, and
  • four hand held metal detectors.

The safety and security of 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 allow regional airports like Emerald to be able to provide passenger screening from 1 July 2012.

Australia has a world-class reputation for aviation safety and security and we are determined to make sure that 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 was provided to the Central Highlands Regional Council.