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Council supports runway upgrades at Newcastle Airport to deliver more for locals and visitors

Publish Date 15/05/2019

Following a Mayoral Minute from Mayor Ryan Palmer, last night Council pledged its support for runway upgrades at Newcastle Airport to enable further expansion for the region. Aligned with the Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan, Council recognised the strategic importance of Newcastle Airport to drive growth in tourism, exports and local economies for the future of the region.

In raising the minute, Mayor Palmer said Newcastle Airport is a critical gateway to both Port Stephens and the greater Newcastle region:

“As a region poised for growth, now is the time for Council to solidify its support for the airport’s continued expansion.

“To achieve this, upgrades to both the airfield and terminal are not only necessary but critical in providing foundational opportunities to enable the airport to grow. Currently, Newcastle Airport has a once in 15-year opportunity to seek funding for the strengthening of the existing runway to enable larger capacity aircraft to utilise the airport.

“We know the airport has capability to service international routes, driving strong economic outcomes for our area and alleviating existing pressure on Sydney International Airport. Investing in runway upgrades at the airport opens the door for a strengthened visitor economy, new jobs and savings for locals who will no longer need to travel to Sydney Airport.

“As Council, we will continue to advocate strongly for these crucial upgrades of Newcastle Airport, expediting critical regional drainage improvements to facilitate additional defence and airport related development within the Williamtown precinct. We are committed to driving significant and sustained long-term social outcomes and economic benefits for the people of Port Stephens,” Mayor Palmer said.