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$55m Newcastle Airport investment opening Hunter to the world 

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The Hunter will soon be a gateway to the world, with the Australian Government providing $55 million to make the Newcastle Airport an international hub.

Building on the $66 million investment to upgrade the runway, further funding has been locked in to enhance and expand the terminal.

This paves the way for international commercial and freight flights into Newcastle, bringing in a further 850,000 visitors, as well as more wealth.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said transforming Newcastle Airport into a global hub would generate significant economic benefits across the Hunter.

“Funding for the terminal upgrade is part of the government’s $7.1 billion Energy Security and Regional Development Plan (ESRDP), which has a specific focus on building the region,” he explained.

“Under the ESRDP, we will invest $750 million to support the Hunter’s expansion into new export industries while continuing to assist traditional industries, strengthening the local economy and its position as a leading exporter to the world.

“With the region driving the sale of coal at record prices, Australians know the importance of this area.

“This funding to transform Newcastle Airport into an international hub will build on that.

“As we put commodities on boats and send them out to earn money, we are also bringing people in and that in itself creates wealth.

“Making Newcastle Airport an international gateway to the world will further enhance the Hunter’s capacity as a regional powerhouse that drives the development of our nation and makes us as strong as possible as quickly as possible.”

Nationals candidate for Hunter James Thomson said he was committed to doubling tourism to the Hunter.

“This expansion is a part of a plan to do exactly that,” he stated.

“We have world-class wine, experiences and scenery in the Hunter and it’s time we opened it up to the world.

“This is fantastic news for families, businesses and individuals who travel overseas.”

Liberal candidate for Paterson Brooke Vitnell echoed those sentiments.

“This is what delivery for the people of my electorate looks like with strong candidates who have been relentless advocates for our economic future,” she said.

“We will deliver even more if given the chance to serve our local communities.”

Liberal candidate for Newcastle Katrina Wark said the funding was a “game-changer” for the region.

“The $55 million to expand the current facility into an international airport will secure jobs and expand tourism for this region,” she added.

Liberal candidate for Shortland Nell McGill agreed with her colleagues.

“This is going to bring thousands of jobs for locals both during construction and then servicing an international airport,” she said.

“It will open the Hunter to the world and vice versa, allowing people to travel directly to the best place in Australia without having to transit via Sydney and allowing locals to get overseas faster and easier.

“I’m especially excited about the tourist dollars that will be spent in Shortland once this international airport is up and running.”

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