Air freight hub for Deniliquin being explored

Brisbane West Wellcamp airport developer John Wagner inspects the existing Deniliquin runway with Edward River Council general manager, Adam McSwain, and administrator, Ashley Hall. Photo supplied.
Brisbane West Wellcamp airport developer John Wagner inspects the existing Deniliquin runway with Edward River Council general manager, Adam McSwain, and administrator, Ashley Hall. Photo supplied.

SHIFTING Riverina produce to the booming Asian market could become far easier amid plans for an air freight hub in the region.

Queensland’s Wagner Group is throwing its support behind a plan to build a hub in Deniliquin. It’s proposed by the Edward River Council, which is seeking $5 million from the federal government to construct a 2km runway in Deniliquin, along with matching funds from the NSW government.

The Wagner Group built Australia’s first private cargo and passenger airport at Toowoomba.

Wagner Group boss John Wagner said the proposal made a lot of sense.

“The capital costs to build their own airport to freight produce direct to Asia would be $150m – that’s too far-fetched for them,” he said. “I’ve spoken to a number of people who want to invest if an airport gives them the outlet.”