Fed Govt commits $6.6 million to airport
Sunday 11/06/2017 - Source: ABC News Online
The $14 million upgrade of Longreach airport has received a $6.6 million commitment from the Federal Government.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile, announced the funding while in Longreach yesterday.
The project now needs a further $4 million from the Queensland Government to proceed.
Mr Vaile says the project will build a new terminal and upgrade the runway to cater for passenger jets.
"It's particularly targeted at strengthening the inbound tourism capacity of not just Longreach, but all of central-western Queensland with all of the tourist attractions in the area," he said.
"So a significant day for Longreach, but also central-western Queensland."
The Qantas Founders Outback Museum was also in the money yesterday, receiving a $1 million donation from Qantas chief executive officer Geoff Dixon.
The funding announcements coincided with the arrival of Qantas' historic Boeing 707 at Longreach yesterday.
Thousands of people welcomed the passenger jet, which was the first sold outside of the United States and will now become an exhibit at the Qantas Founders Museum.
The museum's chairman, Warwick Tainton, says they hope to have a comprehensive fleet of historic planes by 2020.
"I think it will be something that people talk about around the world," he said.
"There's about 14 iconic aeroplanes of which about half are in existence and half , we'll have to build replicas that we want to acquire.
"We've got four out of 14 in so far, so we've got a bit of work to do there.
"This one took four years to bring to life, hopefully they won't all be as difficult as that."
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