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Liberal candidate for Eden Monaro says funding for Merimbula Airport in her sights

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Liberal candidate for Eden Monaro Fiona Kotvojs says she wants more money from the Federal Government for the Merimbula Airport.

The Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro, Fiona Kotvojs, is calling for a larger Federal Government contribution towards a "$16million, 4-point program upgrade" of Merimbula airport.

Ms Kotvojs visited the airport on the Federal election campaign trail yesterday, to look at work already underway on upgrading the terminal. The Federal Government has injected $1.2million into the terminal upgrade and General Manager of Bega Valley Shire Council, Leanne Barnes, says there are also commitments from both the State and Federal governments in regard to another $8million dollars, but says Council still needs a further $8million to complete the whole upgrade. Bega Valley Shire Council owns the airport. 

The Federal Government last week announced a $100million dollar regional airports program in the budget and Fiona Kotvojs said yesterday it was "only fair that the largest airport in Eden-Monaro, serving almost 60,000 revenue passengers in 2017-18 should receive substantial funding from this national program." 

Ms Kotvojs said further upgrades planned include a 200metre extension of the northern end of the runway for larger aircraft; extra general aviation infrastructure ; expansion of general aviation capability; and new additional airport commercial development. The runway extension would allow larger turboprop aircraft, like those operated by QantasLink and Virgin, to land at Merimbula.

She said the upgrades "would generate much-needed new jobs and small business economic growth here on the Far South Coast, boost our domestic and international tourism, while facilitating our unique fresh food exports to metropolitan and Asian markets.” 

Ms Barnes said Council "welcomed commitment for any additional funding for Merimbula Airport".