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13 October 2016- Statement by Member for Belmont
MRS G.J. GODFREY (Belmont) [12.55 pm]: I inform the house that Tuesday, 25 October marks a significant milestone for the travelling public of Western Australia. Thirty years ago the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, officially opened Perth Airport’s international terminal and the iconic air traffic control tower on the airport estate.

Three decades ago, that $60 million investment signalled the start of an exciting new chapter of air travel, and firmly cemented Perth Airport’s role as the gateway to Western Australia. Considered to be at the cutting edge of terminal design in 1986, the thirtieth anniversary occurs at a pivotal moment in the airport’s history, as it nears the completion of a historic $1 billion redevelopment. This current investment has led to the transformation of Perth Airport, with two brand-new terminals constructed—Terminal 2, and Terminal 1 Domestic—and all existing terminal facilities expanded or upgraded to provide a world-class customer experience. Since 1986, international passenger numbers have grown from 500 000 to in excess of 4.2 million today. I acknowledge the vital contribution Perth Airport has made to our economy—specifically to my electorate of Belmont—over the past three decades, with more than 5 500 people employed in non-aviation–related roles across the estate, and a contribution to gross regional product of $690 million in 2014. With the realisation of its bold redevelopment vision, a bright future for Perth Airport is assured and will continue to support our economy, tourism and jobs. Congratulations, Perth Airport!