Coalition to fund Wagga airport upgrade if re-elected

A re-elected Coalition Government will invest more than $20 million in a major upgrade of Wagga Wagga Airport in the NSW Riverina.

Nationals Member for Riverina and former deputy prime minister Michael McCormack made the announcement while visiting the airport last week.

Wagga airport is owned by the Commonwealth but leased to the Wagga Wagga City Council, which in the past has lamented the lack of grant funding to properly upgrade the ageing facility.

The council last year commissioned a report on the feasibility of handing the lease back to the Commonwealth after it expires in 2025.

Mr McCormack said the $20 million from the Commonwealth would represent a significant contribution to the $24 million project.

Terminal security screening and surveillance, runway lighting upgrades, pedestrian and parking safety improvements, and general upgrades to the terminal will all be funded as part of the project.