Five airport projects in Wannon are among 89 regional airports nationwide which will benefit from grants totalling nearly $30 million under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said “the funding of works at the five airports would assist in undertaking essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians. The upgraded airport facilities will help to meet the needs of both the community and local industry.”
“Our local airports provide an essential transport link with the rest of Australia, and these works will maintain these important assets now and into the future,” said Mr Tehan.
The five projects included are:
• Colac Airport; $290,000 as part of Stage 2 upgrade works to extend the sealed taxiway and create a new entrance for emergency services use, fencing and lighting works;
• Hamilton Airport; $300,000 to undertake works to maintain Hamilton Airport’s Code 3 compliance on Runway 17/35;
• Portland Airport; $250,000 to Replace security fencing and access gates to main RPT apron;
• Stawell Airport; $300,000 to upgrade LED lighting and general aviation apron reseal; and
• Warrnambool Airport, $267,300 to seal and line-mark runway 04/22.
“Every dollar spent on local infrastructure is a dollar well spent and I look forward to working with the community to deliver this vital funding as we continue recovering from the pandemic.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the program supports important safety and access upgrades for regional airports.
“For our regional communities, the local airport provides an essential link to the rest of Australia,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“That’s why we’ve committed $100 million over four years from 2019–20 to 2022–23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver upgrades to improve runway and taxiway pavements, install new lighting or fencing.
“These projects will improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers, the delivery of goods and services and better meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services, including supporting bushfire preparedness.
“This is a great example of our Government backing the aviation industry whilst boosting local economies to help secure a stronger future for these regional areas.”
For a full list of successful projects and more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit infrastructure.gov.au/regionalaviation.