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Sky’s the limit for Cessnock Airport

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Cessnock Airport will be transformed under a $6.6 million grant in a move that looks set to provide a boost to local jobs and the economy.

The NSW Government announced this week that Cessnock City Council’s application had been successful as part of its Growing Local Economies Fund.

Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent said the project had the potential to create almost 60 jobs and could transform the airport into one of the state’s best for general aviation.

He added it could inject up to $32 million into the local economy over time.

“This is the type of funding we need to see injected into our economy,” Mr Pynsent said.

“Our tourism industry has been hit hard during the last six months. We’re improving the experience for our visitors and increasing our opportunities when it comes to aviation as larger aircraft will be able to use the runway.”

The project involves the extension and reconstruction of the runway, widening and resealing of taxiways, and development of parking areas to allow a wider array of aircraft to land, as well as the establishment of an aviation museum.

The airport was gifted to the people of Cessnock in the 1990s and comes with a wealth of history from use in the Second World War.

The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the economic growth and productivity of the state under Restart NSW.

For more information, visit the NSW Government Regional Growth Fund page.

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