A direct international freight link connecting regional NSW to overseas markets should be based in Southern NSW, a Border business expert says.
In May, premier John Barilaro announced plans to build international freight airports in regional NSW and commissioned a pre-feasibility study.
NSW Business Chamber regional manager Andrew Cottrill believes the Riverina Murray area should be home to the scheme.
"At more than $1 billion per annum, the Riverina Murray makes the largest contribution to agricultural production in the state - if there should be an international freight airport anywhere, it should be here," he said. "We also have the added advantage of having three ideal locations - existing airport facilities - that could be used."
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Member for Albury Justin Clancy said he would support Albury's involvement, as the city has a natural capacity as a freight hub, but recognises a number of regions would be considered.
"Our strong freight corridor allows good inter-connections, and local agriculture and industry will both support and benefit from air freight," he said.
"Albury has been a river port and a major rail centre over its journey.
"That history, and geography, highlight our natural capacity as a freight hub."
Albury chief executive Frank Zaknich said council had provided the NSW government information about Albury's airport and economy as part of the feasibility study and would await the outcome.
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