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$4.8 million for Darwin International Airport Freight Hub under Building Better Regions

12.07.2018 Dianne Tipping

The Export Council of Australia is proud to announce a successful partnership funding bid of $4.8 million for the Darwin International Airport Freight Hub, awarded under the Building Better Regions Funding program.

Funding details:

  • $4.8 million for Darwin International Airport Freight and Education Hub under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment stream
  • 136 projects will be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million
Trade and freight opportunities for the Northern Territory is set to get a massive boost with $4.8 million for a Freight and Training Hub at Darwin International Airport under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Darwin International Airport Freight and Training Hub project was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term in the Territory.

“This is a fantastic outcome for Darwin and the Northern Territory with the Export Council of Australia and NT Airports receiving a $4.8 million investment towards the Darwin International Airport Freight and Education Hub,” Senator Scullion said.

The Senator spoke at the launch event at Darwin Airport yesterday saying that the project will include the construction of an on-airport cold storage facility, a vapour heat treatment, and upgrades to airside apron and taxiway to accommodate larger aircrafts and a training/education facility to create opportunities for students to learn about export, freight and logistics for the primary industry sector.

“This project will have major flow-on benefits across the community as it will increase the number of tourists entering the region and would allow local agribusinesses to take advantage of the overseas demand for fresh Australian produce and seafood,”

Northern Territory Airports Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ian Kew said, “Together with the Export Council of Australia, we are pleased to be receiving such significant funding support from the Federal Government. The Darwin International Airport Freight and Education Hub project represents a major investment of around $11 million. We are excited to be developing vital infrastructure which will grow both local and regional economies across Northern Australia.”

“When completed, the facility will enable the export of fresh quality agricultural produce to South East Asian markets, as well as directly to China via the new Donghai Airlines service to Shenzhen.”
The Export Council of Australia is the peak advocacy and industry development organisation in Australia focussing on export development and the maximisation of international trade benefits.

Export Council Australia Chair, Dianne Tipping said, “We are very proud to be involved in the development of new infrastructure services for Darwin International Airport which will enhance the competitiveness of the Northern Territory in international markets. Additionally, the planned innovative training and education facility will create more opportunities for SME’s in the areas of export skilling, freight and logistics.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.


Left to right
Ian Kew – CEO Darwin International Airports
Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Leader of the Nationals in the Senate on Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory
Dianne Tipping Chair Export Council of Australia
Ross Baynes | Director Property | Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd

 

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