Perth and Adelaide airports gain master plan approvals


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The federal government has approved master plans for both Perth and Adelaide airports, saying expansion will support future growth in both airport employment and the number of visiting passengers.

Perth Airport currently facilitates more than 17,000 jobs and contributes an estimated $2.61bn to Western Australia’s gross regional product (GRP). These figures are expected to increase to 42,000 jobs and a GRP contribution of $7.04bn by 2034, according to an airport press release.

The Perth master plan approval sees the airport move one step closer to building a proposed third runway and terminal.

Perth Airport will also work with the Western Australian state government to finalise a route and station locations for the proposed Forrestfield-Airport rail link, an 8.5km rail link that will connect Forrestfield to Perth city with a new train line.

“The Master Plan recognises that the airport needs to develop integrated plans that complement Perth’s broader urban and infrastructure plans, and take into account the impact of airport development on surrounding communities and the environment,” said Perth Airport chief executive, Brad Geatches.

Formal approval was granted for the master plan of Adelaide Airport, which is the largest single site employer in the state, contributing more than $1.9bn to the South Australian economy, based on the airport’s figures.

Jobs supported by the airport are expected to double to 37,100 by 2034.

“The investment programme recognises the importance of expansion to support a growing airport jobs and customer base, and includes plans to better integrate regional airline services into the main terminal,” said Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss…

Read more by Emily Guterres, My Wealth News 19 January 2015


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North Coast NSW : uncontracted RDA Projects to be assessed case by case

Truss says mid north coast RDA projects will be considered based on merits. The Minister for Regional Development has not completely ruled out funding for the Taree transport hub. The Northern Gateway project won funding from Regional Development Australia (RDA) in the last months of the Labor government. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss  said all uncontracted RDA commitments made by the previous government will be assessed case by case.

“We’ll be honouring all contracted projects but there are something like $400 million or $ 500 million dollars worth of projects which are uncontracted,” he said. “Now we’ll have to look at each of those each on its merits.

“We’ll be honouring all of our own election promises but we don’t feel a particular obligation to honour Labor’s election promises and so we will assess what Labor has promised on it’s merits.”

Mr Truss said the Abbott government is committed to regional development.

North Coast NSW : uncontracted RDA Projects to be assessed case by case

“Our major commitment to the Pacific Highway to get the four lanes finish before the end of the decade,” he said.

“Our commitment to the Melbourne to Brisbane railway line.

“Our determination to ensure that services are provided effectively and efficiently in regional communities.

“Those are our goals and objectives for our first term in government .

“Our commitment is to ensure that those people who live outside the capital cities get a fair share of our nation’s growth and development.”

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Very fast passenger trains “affordable”

The Federal Coalition has announced plans for a new inland rail network, to cart freight from the Port of Brisbane to the Port of Melbourne.

This follows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement of Labor’s plans for a high speed passenger rail link between the two cities.

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Image: Very-fast trains in China travel at 300k/h (Greg Muller)

The leader of the National Party, Warren Truss, says the Coalition will match Labor’s pledge of $300 million to buy land along the corridor and obtain approvals.

Research Director for Transport with Beyond Zero Emissions, Patrick Hearps, says Australia should invest in both passenger and freight rail transport and both options are affordable.

Producer: Greg Muller, Weekdays 11am Presented by Cameron Wilson  Wednesday 28 August 2013 11:06AM Full story here  ABC Bush Telegraph

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