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Albany Regional Airport is set for a $1.66 million upgrade under the Federal Government’s Regional Airports Program.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the airport is one of 60 regional airports to receive a share of $41.2 million, in another step taken by the Federal Government to help Australia’s aviation industry get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Wilson said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to do essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.

“The $1.66 million for the Albany airport will fund the resurfacing of a runway, taxiway and apron,” Mr Wilson said.

“Albany airport is an essential link for the Great Southern to Perth and beyond.

“The Government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future.”

The Federal Government is investing $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to help owners of regional airports across Australia deliver safer runways, taxiways and other safety upgrades such as new fencing and safety equipment.

This funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s total package of support for Australia’s aviation industry of more than $1.2 billion.

For more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/rap.aspx.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.