Kirsten Livermore, left, Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig, Robert Schwarten and Graeme Brady at the announcement of $900,000 in funding to repair Rockhampton’s airport.
Kirsten Livermore, left, Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig, Robert Schwarten and Graeme Brady at the announcement of $900,000 in funding to repair Rockhampton’s airport. Sharyn O'Neill

Airport won't cost ratepayers

THE council's fight to secure funding to repair the flood-damaged Rockhampton airport ended yesterday, with a $900,000 commitment from the Federal and State governments.

Senator Joe Ludwig was in Rockhampton to make the announcement, which followed intense lobbying from Mayor Brad Carter during two visits from Major General Mick Slater, head of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Mr Ludwig said the airport was an important regional asset.

“The Rockhampton region is obviously a hub for both agriculture and tourism and the airport is a central piece of infrastructure for the region.”

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said the funding would help relieve financial stress on the local government.

“Rockhampton is very unique in that it owns its own airport.

"As a result, the cost of repairs comes straight out of the pockets of ratepayers.

"The funding announced today means the council will no longer have to battle for that money,” Mr Schwarten said.

Mayor Carter praised the State and Federal governments for securing the funds.

“This announcement is evidence of all three tiers of government working together to restore our region,” he said.

Yesterday's announcement came two weeks after Cr Carter criticised the Federal Government over a lack of funding for local projects, which caused tension with Federal Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore.



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