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Airport construction boom creates jobs

A construction boom at Newcastle Airport fuelled by tourism is expected to result in an estimated 200 new jobs for the Port Stephens region.

Port Stephens is set to gain a 95-room Mercure hotel and a 50-room motel, together worth $19million, next to Newcastle Airport – the first accommodation at the expanding airport. 

Data released by Port Stephens Council this week estimates more than 30 construction jobs and 40 staff positions will be created for the Mercure Newcastle Airport between Williamtown Drive and Nelson Bay Road.

Another development proposed nearby in Lavis Lane will create 41 construction jobs and at least 50 staff positions.

The centre will feature a 50-room hotel, tavern with restaurant, and three food outlets including KFC and Subway.

Destination Port Stephens marketing manager Tars Bylhouwer believes the new accommodation will boost the airport’s role as a gateway to Port Stephens and attract more leisure and corporate business to the region.

Another 53 indirect jobs are also expected to be created from the construction of the hotels and their restaurants. 

‘‘These developments will not only significantly contribute to our long-term local economy, but data shows us that during the construction phase there will be more than $34million in spending generated locally as well,’’ Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie said.

Both developments are due to start within the next 12 months and are expected to coincide with Newcastle Airport’s planned $80million terminal expansion.

Newcastle Airport aviation and business development manager David Nye said the aim was to continue to grow the airport and surrounding developments, within the next two years, to be of a comparable size to Hobart airport.

 ‘‘Predominantly we are focusing on domestic travellers but there is capability for international travel. We have the ability to handle flights to New Zealand in the not too distant future.’’

‘‘No other regional airport in Australia has a Mercure in such close proximity.’’

The first phase of the expansion is contingent on a $10million grant from the state government’s Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund.

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank the Newcastle Herald where this article first appeared. 

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