May 27, 2010

Major boost for regional aviation

Major boost for regional aviation

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 27 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide almost $1.1 million to assist Wagga Wagga City Council install an Instrument Landing System (ILS), technology which will enable the city’s airport to remain open during adverse weather conditions such as fog and heavy rain.

I announced this funding while officially opening Rex Airlines’ new Australian Airline Pilot Academy. Together, they represent a major boost for regional aviation and our collective efforts to training the pilots that will be needed to support the continued growth of Australia’s aviation industry.

The installation of ILS – a project which all up will cost $1.63 million – will support 15 jobs, with the new world class Academy expected to create a further 75 ongoing jobs within the local community.

The Wagga Wagga City Council project is also about creating an aviation skills and training hub in the Riverina region. It is expected to include:

  • Installation and commissioning of an Instrument Landing System to enable pilot training at Wagga Wagga Airport;
  • Industry-wide collaboration to address aviation sector workforce needs;
  • Engagement of local, national and international aviation expertise; and
  • Opportunities for Indigenous traineeships and training through TAFE.

The funding being provided to the Council is coming from our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, an initiative which is delivering $1 billion for nearly 5,000 projects.

In partnership with the nation’s councils and shires, the Rudd Labor Government is building and modernising community facilities across the country, including town halls, libraries, community centres and sports grounds.

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.