Mar 29, 2012

Increasing security at Wagga Wagga Airport

The Gillard Labor Government has delivered $650,000 to boost security for passengers at one of Australia’s busiest regional airports.

Wagga Wagga handled more than 207,000 passengers last year, making it New South Wales’ seventh-busiest airport.

It 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 Wagga Wagga, 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 passengers at Wagga and those across Australia 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 airports like Wagga Wagga to be able to provide passenger screening for larger aircraft 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 is being provided to the Wagga Wagga City Council.