June 15, 2020

Four projects in Wannon will receive a share of $41.2 million under the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the four projects at Colac, Peterborough, Portland and Stawell airports would assist in upgrading our regional airport facilities to meet the needs of both the community and local industry.

Colac Municipal Aerodrome will receive over $112,000 for new taxiways, expanding the airport's parking facilities and allowing emergency services aircraft more space to park.

The Great Ocean Road airport based at Peterborough will undertake works that will bring the airport up to a Code 2 and were successful in attracting $700,000 in funding.

Portland airport will receive over $991,000 to undertake resealing works that will improve overall safety for general aviation, air ambulance and other fixed-wing emergency aircraft use.

Funding of $300,000 will enable Stage 5B and 5C of the Stawell airport redevelopment to proceed, these works include aerodrome fencing, taxiway works, related smaller safety works.

“I have been speaking with the Deputy Prime Minister regularly, advocating for this funding for our community and I am pleased the Government has delivered it.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports in undertaking essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.

“For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future.

“We are investing $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver safer runways, taxiways and other safety upgrades such as new fencing and safety equipment.”

This funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s total package of support for Australia’s aviation industry of more than $1.2 billion.

For more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/rap.aspx.

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