Councils cannot afford regional security upgrades, say experts


Aviation security experts say regional airports are vulnerable to crime, but local councils do not have the money to make them safer and promised counter-terrorism funding is yet to be released.

The Federal Government announced in last year’s budget that $50.1 million over four years would be made available to upgrade screening equipment at regional airports.

The bulk of that money would be dispersed to “pre-identified eligible regional airports,” who applied to the Department of Home Affairs.

Eligibility is based on departing passenger data, the capacity of the planes operating at the airports and existing screening equipment, according to the department.

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Source: ABC News