Alliance Airlines’ new $60 million aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility is taking shape in Rockhampton, with concrete pouring to form the footings and walls of the facility’s new hangar.

The project is backed by the Palaszczuk Government’s $175 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.

On site at Rocky Airport to inspect construction progress, Australia’s Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick said the facility illustrates the Palaszczuk Government’s continued commitment to creating regional jobs.

“Helping our regions grow by attracting investment and generating employment is a key focus of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan,” Dick said.

“This new facility will allow Alliance to reshore their MRO activities from Slovakia and the United Kingdom to right here in Queensland.

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said an aviation MRO facility of this scale will bring forward the establishment of an aeronautical services precinct at Rockhampton Airport.

“Investment attracts investment, and this facility will encourage more businesses to choose Rockhampton and our local suppliers,” O’Rourke said.

“This is the start of an aviation jobs boom for Rocky, led by these highly skilled MRO and engineering roles that will arrive through this project.”

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the project shows the confidence industry has in central Queensland.

“In 2022, Alliance will expand its fleet from 65 to 74, and this facility will make that expansion possible and profitable,” Lauga said.

Alliance Airlines Managing Director Scott McMillan said Rockhampton was an obvious choice for the facility. “Rocky has been part of our operations over the past 20 years and offers everything we need, from location and weather to incredible stakeholder support,” he said.

The Alliance Airlines Rockhampton MRO facility will be up and running by January 2023.