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The new Kowanayama Airport facilities, built as part of the $295m Building our Regions program, is expected to improve security, safety, and efficiency for the passengers and seven tonnes of freight it services weekly.

State development minister Cameron Dick said the program would bring vital infrastructure, support jobs and stimulate regional economic growth.

Kowanyama ministerial champion Mark Ryan said revamping airports in general boosted tourism and business opportunities as well as allows better access to health, education and business services, particularly in remote regions.

“These upgrades will support three jobs during construction, while long-term they’ll benefit local residents, fly-in/fly-out service providers, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, airline staff, and visitors to the region,” Mr Ryan said.

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Kowanyama Mayor Michael Yam said the project would boost the local economy.

“The airport is crucial for all year access to our community,” Mr Yam said. “This funding will allow us to provide a first-rate passenger experience and will also enable our community to showcase arts and crafts to support the development of our local economy.” The BoR program has been allocated $225m towards 174 infrastructure projects and has been granted $353.5m in investments from councils and organisations.

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