Federal funds to bring Onslow Airport facilities up to scratch

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Onslow Airport.
Camera IconOnslow Airport. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Security at Onslow Airport will be improved after a contract worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade existing facilities to meet new Federal Government requirements was awarded.

Shire of Ashburton councillors last week approved the tender to upgrade security systems to meet national guidelines to the L3 Harris Technologies Australia group.

The upgraded systems will include a body scanner and a new X-ray machine for cabin baggage and goods screening and will cost $386,470, with the funds coming from the Federal Government.

Earlier this year the Shire received $405,000 from the Regional Airport Security Screening Fund to pay for the upgrades.

Shire president Kerry White said the works were expected to be operational by December.

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“Improved security at Onslow Airport will provide for a more thorough screening regime, assuring our passengers and airport users that our regional airport continues to operate to the directives as set out by the Department of Home Affairs,” she said.

“By ensuring we maintain and strengthen our aviation security and statutory requirements, Onslow Airport is well placed to expand as a route for continued economic development to our region and enhance our region’s accessibility for domestic tourism opportunities.”

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