Council hopes for cash for airport

BUNDABERG Regional Council is hoping for a slice of the pie after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced millions of dollars would be allocated to beef up security at regional airports.

Mr Rudd announced early this week $200 million would be spent on beefing up airport security, with $32 million allocated to regional airports.

Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said yesterday the council was still waiting to hear if it was eligible for any of the money.

The upgrade of the Bundaberg airport is almost complete, with baggage scanners already in place and walk-through scanners to be erected soon.

“We never had to have security before because the airport only handled turbo-prop jets,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“But now because the airport will take jets we have to have security.”

Cr Pyefinch said the security equipment was up to the standard that had been required before, but the decision to beef up security may mean the standards had changed.

She said a company commissioned to attract more airlines to use the Bundaberg airport had completed a business plan which could be submitted to other carriers.

“They are having face-to-face meetings with other airlines,” she said.

“We know other airlines are interested in us, but they wouldn’t commit to anything until the infrastructure was done.”



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