23 May 2019

Dubbo City Regional Airport’s planned overhaul includes 11 new hangars, lighting and taxiway upgrades, an aeromedical facility, new link road and associated services.

The redevelopment will strengthen the facility’s importance as a hub for growth and connectivity, with the potential to aid tourism, health, transport and infrastructure as a key economic gateway to the Orana region.

The upgrades will ensure the airport’s ongoing sustainability as a key regional air service provider along with potential as an international freight hub.

The aeromedical facility project is being undertaken by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Development includes flight and clinical training facilities and a Visitor Experience component which will help to fund RFDS work in rural and remote communities.
The Visitor Experience will contribute valuable revenue and help fund work in rural and remote communities.

It will also enable visitors to have a hands-on experience of the service.
The planned upgrade enhances development at the airport terminal precinct with the Rural Fire Service’s multi-million dollar centre allowing fire fighters to undertake specialist training including incident management, road crash rescue and fire investigation, as well as member induction training.

The NSW Police state-of-the-art training facility will provide police officers with the necessary training to maintain high standards and develop new career paths in the force.

The Dubbo City Regional Airport Master Plan 2015-2036 outlines proposed future use of the area including commercial land use activities with a higher order airport focus including hire car activities, transport and logistics and office and business premises. Planning for the provision of tourist and visitor accommodation in the Terminal Precinct is considered appropriate having regard to the future activities of the Airport and a petrol station or food and drink premises would be beneficial.

The $17m upgrade is a joint State, Federal and Local Government initiative that will support 24 jobs during construction and 16 ongoing positions.