Today I announced the Federal Labor Government has delivered $650,000 to boost security for Central Western Queensland residents and passengers travelling through Longreach Airport.
Longreach 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.
This funding is supporting the purchase of:
- one passenger baggage x-ray machine;
- one checked baggage x-ray machine;
- two explosive trace detection machines;
- one walk through metal detector machine; and
- four hand held metal detectors.
The Government’s funding will allow airports like Longreach to be able to provide passenger screening from 1 July 2012.
This new funding comes on top of $100,000 matching funding provided to Longreach Airport for minor modifications of passenger terminal facilities to help facilitate the new screening processes.
More than 31,500 passengers flew to and from Longreach Airport last year. Their safety and security and that of all Australian passengers is the Government’s highest priority.
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 Longreach Regional Council.