Dubbo and Western NSW economy benefiting from Dubbo City Regional Airport capital upgrades
Last updated: 27 Jun 2019
Multiple capital upgrades to the Dubbo City Regional Airport proudly
funded through the Australian, and NSW Governments, and contributions
from Dubbo Regional Council are continuing with construction now
underway on the upgrade of the general aviation and aeromedical
The $17.5 million upgrade of Dubbo City Regional Airport addresses a
critical need to provide for increased capacity and services which
support increase tourism, health care provision, economic growth and
“Dubbo City Regional Airport is one of the most significant regional
airports in NSW and a key economic gateway to both the Central and Far
West,” Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields said.
“The combined upgrade project with majority of funding from the NSW
and Australian Government is building a leading regional airport which
will facilitate continued economic growth for the region,” Councillor
The Australia Government has contributed $6.685M through the National
Stronger Regions Fund to the overall project to upgrade the General
Aviation and Aeromedical Facilities. This includes construction of 11
new hangars to be utilised by private and business customers, taxiways,
roads, drainage, stormwater, power water and sewer.
In addition a new Aeromedical Patient Transfer Building located
within the Royal Flying Doctor Precinct includes construction of four
new Patient Transfer Buildings improving patient welfare as transfers
currently occur in the open air.
Member for Parkes the Hon Mark Coulton MP said this upgrade provides
enormous potential for business growth and complementary development
that will further stimulate regional economic activity for Dubbo and
“The Australian Government is continuing to invest in infrastructure
projects which deliver economic benefit to regional Australia,” Mr
Coulton said. “Investment in infrastructure such as the Dubbo City
Regional Airport stimulates productivity and generates lasting economic
and social benefits that the Dubbo and Orana Region will prosper from,”
Mr Coulton said.
Funding from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism
Infrastructure program has been a critical part of the overall airport
upgrade with $7.46M contributed to the Runway Strengthening and Lighting
Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant said the recently completed Runway
Strengthening and Lighting project is an example of the NSW Government
investing in critical infrastructure projects attracting more visitors
to regional NSW.
“The NSW Government is committed to building infrastructure that
boosts regional tourism which is a key driver in economic activity,” he
“Dubbo City Regional Airport is a vital piece of infrastructure for
NSW providing connectivity not only with Sydney but also with
Australia’s other cities Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle,”
Mr Grant said.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields thanked the
Australian and NSW Governments for the valued contributions to a key
piece of the region’s infrastructure.
“The total upgrade project is an excellent example of Government
working in partnership to deliver major infrastructure projects that
will have long-term benefits for regional communities,” he said.
“Upgrades to significant, regional infrastructure requires the
support of Local, State and Federal Governments. I thank the NSW
Government and the Australian Government for their investment and
on-going commitment to the airport upgrades and significant regional
infrastructure,” Councillor Shields said.