The design plans for the Scone Aviation Visitor Attraction Centre have been finalised.
The Federal Government put more than $170,000 towards completing this step of the proposal which would see new amenities such as a cafe, gift shop, function centre and an interactive aircraft display.
New England MP Barnaby Joyce said the first step is the most important.
"In all projects, the first thing you have to do is get the design mechanism correct otherwise you don't get the money, now next is the hard step and that's getting all of the money in but we have started on that process," he said.
"As you can see we've had major delivery and we've seen it today such as the Scone bypass, here at the equine centre, the saleyards, even getting money for the new sprinkler system for the touch footy fields,"
"All of this is important, but yes the airport is going to be a big issue for Scone and we will put our shoulders to the wheel there, never make any promises, work hard and show the delivery when we get it."
Funding for the planning and design work was awarded under the 2017/18 round of the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Program administered by both levels of government.
"Scone is The Horse Capital of Australia, so it's only fitting that we fund important community-building infrastructure projects like this which will help contribute to the long-term viability of our communities," said Barnaby Joyce.
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