Mar 29, 2012

Tamworth Airport to benefit from increased security

The Gillard Labor Government has delivered $650,000 to boost security for New England residents and passengers travelling through Tamworth Airport.

Tamworth 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 Tamworth, 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.

Over 155,000 passengers flew to and from Tamworth Airport last year. Their safety and security and that of all 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 airports like Tamworth 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 is being provided to the Tamworth Regional Council.