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Moree shortlisted for regional airport upgrade funding

MOREE and Armidale airports have been shortlisted for consideration for a share of up to $95 million of State Government funding for infrastructure upgrades to help boost the local economy, increase tourism and create local jobs, Member for Northern Tablelands announced today.

Mr Marshall said Armidale Dumaresq and Moree Plains Shire Councils’ applications for Restart NSW funding would now move to the next stage of detailed application as two of 24 shortlisted projects under the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) Regional Airports program.

“This is brilliant news for our region,” Mr Marshall said. “To have two airport projects in the running for millions of dollars in funding is very exciting. Both councils will now be invited to make a detailed application for funding.

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Passengers disembark from a Qantas flight at Moree airport, which has been shortlisted for upgrade funding.

“The local tourism industry makes a significant contribution to the economy and the Government is keen to support that contribution by investing in regional infrastructure to help boost visitor numbers and create jobs.

“This funding aims to help strengthen and diversify regional economies with support for tourism infrastructure projects including the expansion of regional airports that service popular regional tourism destinations.

“I congratulate both Armidale and Moree councils on making it to the shortlist and wish them the very best in the final round of application for RTIF funds.”

Mr Marshall said both the Armidale and Moree funding proposals were impressive and had his full support. He’s also taken the opportunity to brief the Regional Development Minister John Barilaro on the councils’ plans.

“These are very impressive multi-million dollar projects that will greatly enhance existing infrastructure at both airports, which act as gateways to the eastern and western regions of the electorate,” Mr Marshall said.

“Armidale is proposing an airside aircraft parking apron extension and to upgrade the airport terminal to offer more meeting spaces, lounge and security screening options.

“Moree is planning to rehabilitate the primary runway and install new runway lighting at the airport, which will increase safety.

“By investing in our local airport infrastructure we have the potential to significantly increase visitor numbers to our region and to support the local economy.”

Mr Marshall said 33 regional airports had submitted requests for Restart NSW funding, which has been shortlisted to 24 projects.

Meanwhile, a new online system that helps protect children by allowing agencies to share information about foster, relative and kinship carers in NSW goes live today, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announce

“The Carers Register is a secure, online system for agencies to identify and prevent unsuitable people from having children placed with them,” Mr Marshall said.

“Agencies can share information about existing and prospective carers – this cross-checking is an important safety check for protecting children in care as it helps prevent unsuitable carers from moving between agencies.”

Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) CEO Andrew McCallum welcomed the introduction of the NSW Carers Register as an added safeguard to help ensure the wellbeing and safety of children and young people in care.

“Stringent screening and assessment of foster carers during the recruitment process through to comprehensive and ongoing case management support of children and young people in care is critical to providing safe, caring homes for this intensely vulnerable population,” Mr McCallum said.

Under the new system, which is administered by the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG), agencies can access to information regarding:

  • its own carers and their household members;
  • carers who apply to the agency for authorisation as a carer; and
  • anyone who becomes a household member of an agency carer.

Individuals can also access their own information in the register and request any corrections through the OCG.

The register will also ensure that carers and adult household members in a fostering family have undergone the necessary checks, including the Working With Children Check.

To visit the register: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/carers-register