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October 2016

Groundwork for multi-million dollar airport upgrade begins

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A MULTI-MILLION dollar upgrade to the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport started today.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said groundwork started on the $6.5 million runway apron area expansion and terminal upgrade this morning.

“The Coffs Harbour airport upgrade was supported by the $110 million Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund which funds projects such as rail trails, regional airports and cruise infrastructure,” he said.

“The upgrade will allow more aircraft to be on the tarmac at the airport and provide a greater capacity to process increased visitor numbers in the terminal.

“Coffs Harbour airport plays a crucial role in the long-term viability and growth of the local Coffs Harbour economy and is an essential entry point to the region, providing services to more than 350,000 passengers annually.

“This investment by the NSW Government will boost tourism and business investment in the area, paving the way for more local jobs and economic return.”

Mr Fraser said the upgrades were expected to create about 80 jobs once the project was finished.

The upgrade will extend the runway apron area and terminal facilities, which Mr Fraser said would “help improve services for locals and visitors”.

Minister for Regional Development, John Barilaro, said the $110 million investment to regional areas continued to give people in regional NSW better access to services across the state.

“This is just another example of how the NSW Government is delivering more jobs, new business opportunities and a greater standard of living for the people of regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Regional NSW is an economic powerhouse and the NSW Government will continue to invest for the long term, building the skills and confidence our regional communities need to create and grow jobs for now and for the future.”

The NSW Government is delivering:

  • $6 billion under Rebuilding NSW
  • $240 million for mining-affected communities under the Resources for Regions Fund
  • $110 million under the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund
  • $92 million with the Commonwealth and carriers under round one of the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spots Program
  • $32 million through the Commonwealth’s Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Fund.

Is it a bird or plane? FlyPelican flight lands in Coffs

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JETTING in, the inaugural FlyPelican flight from Newcastle touched down at Coffs Harbour Airport on Monday afternoon to mark the start of a new service.

The new FlyPelican service will offer flights to and from Coffs Harbour and Newcastle.

Aboard the inaugural flight on Monday was two Newcastle Jets players, Jason Hoffman and Aleksandr Kokko, who scoped out Coffs Harbour before the clash against Melbourne City in January next year.

Hoffman, from Newcastle, said he often travelled to Coffs Harbour with his family for holidays when he younger.

With this sentiment Hoffman said Coffs Harbour would feel more like a home ground when the Jets take to the C.ex Coffs International Stadium’s turf.

Hoffman said he hoped the Jets would be able to field as a good team as at the weekend, when they beat the Brisbane Roar 4-0.

The Newcastle Jets would be matched against some tough competitors when they face Melbourne City, which possibly includes Socceroo Tim Cahill.

Hoffman said the 45-minute flight from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour was very comfortable and it was a pleasure being on the first FlyPelican flight to Coffs Harbour.

Kokko also said the flight was very comfortable.

“I can even check my Snapchat,” he said.

The pair flew in briefly before returning to their training camp.

Coffs Harbour deputy mayor George Cecato said the new flight service would offer good steps and open access to sporting events, entertainment and medical centres.

Cr Cecato said he hoped Coffs Harbour could showcase what it could offer to a wider population.

FlyPelican CEO Paul Graham said the service “was a long time coming” and was excited about the opportunity to link up Coffs Harbour and Newcastle. Mr Graham said he hoped it would attract both leisure and business travellers.

Flights cost $99 including taxes and depart from Coffs Harbour and Newcastle on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. For more information, visit or phone 49650111.