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A re-elected Coalition government would invest $3 million toward a project to build an Airport Boulevard in Ballina, minister for regional development Fiona Nash announced yesterday (Thursday, June 2).

The announcement comes on the back of an additional $4 million in state funding for improvements at the airport terminal in May.

The new road project will enable the development of 39 hectares of land for industrial development in the Southern Cross Expansion Precinct.

Ms Nash visited the airport for the announcement, together with Ballina mayor David Wright and Richmond Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser.

Mr Fraser welcomed the promised funds, saying the project was important for the continued growth of the region.

‘The Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is the fastest growing regional airport in NSW, and this investment will help the airport precinct go from strength to strength,’ Mr Fraser said.

‘This project has been raised with me by the local shire and numerous residents, and it is outstanding to see the minister delivering for the Ballina region.

‘This project will provide a real injection into the local economy and tradies and suppliers will be chomping at the bit to get involved with this project.’

Minister Nash said the $6.7 million project would generate both local construction jobs and longer term prospects associated with new industrial lots unlocked as part of this investment.

‘This announcement will help deliver new jobs and growth to the Northern Rivers. As regional development minister, I aim to help build the regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to. Projects which deliver jobs such as the Ballina Airport project are a key part of that,’ she said.

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