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Aviation jobs boost for Rockhampton

The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

The Hon Michelle Landry MP
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Assistant Minister for Northern Australia
Federal Member for Capricornia

Cr Tony Williams
Mayor, Rockhampton Regional Council

The Australian Government has committed $25 million in funding to help Alliance Airlines bring a Maintenance and Repair facility to Rockhampton.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the new facility will bring jobs as well as millions of dollars of investment into Rockhampton economy.

“The Maintenance and Repair Facility has the potential to create 225 jobs and inject $30 million into the local economy each year,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The Australian Government is committed to delivering exactly this type of job-creating project to stimulate our regions to secure their future prosperity.”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said 70-aircraft-strong Alliance Airlines has been operating flights to and from Rockhampton since 2002, cementing a relationship with Rockhampton and the broader Central Queensland region.

“Bringing base maintenance back from overseas to Alliance’s home state of Queensland offers significant local economic benefits,” Ms Landry said.

“This is a real coup for Rockhampton and something I have been lobbying for due to the new and expanded skilled employment opportunities in aviation and associated services on offer.”

Rockhampton Mayor Tony Williams also welcomed the announcement.

“This is an exciting new phase in Rockhampton’s long-standing relationship with Alliance Airlines,” Cr Williams said.

“I thank the Australian Government for its commitment and will continue working constructively with all parties to make this project a reality.”

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