Victoria’s Sunraysia region can look forward to a significant economic boost with the opening of Mildura’s long-awaited multi-million dollar terminal, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said today.
The Airport Redevelopment was completed thanks to a $5.2 million investment from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Mr Ryan joined Member for Mildura Peter Crisp for a community open day at the airport to mark the new terminal’s official opening and enjoyed a display from the RAAF’s elite formation aerobatic display team the Roulettes.
“Mildura Airport is Victoria’s busiest regional airport and its redevelopment will be a great boost for the local economy,” Mr Ryan said.
“It has been fantastic to be involved in a project as significant to this region as the Mildura Airport expansion.
“Given the airport had previously been pushed to capacity during peak periods, it was vital the Coalition Government invested to allow Mildura to grow as it should.
“About twice the size of the old terminal, the airport’s new terminal will ably support increased passenger numbers, the new direct air services to and from Sydney, Adelaide and Broken Hill, and provide much better amenities for airport users,” Mr Ryan said.
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said the multi-million dollar project extended the terminal to a whopping 1,831 square metres and refurbished and remodeled the internal areas.
“The redevelopment has improved check-in areas, baggage systems and car parks, making it much easier to move traffic both within and outside the building.
“It also provided jobs for 20 to 30 workers, each day of the nine-month construction period.”
“The airport is vital to the growth and development of the Sunraysia region and important for the continuation of current and future air services to the region.
“Major events and festivals attract well over 500,000 visitors to Sunraysia each year and the area has lots of other popular tourist attractions like the city of Mildura itself, the Murray River and the world heritage-listed Mungo National Park to name just a few,” Mr Crisp said.
“As the local member, I’m proud to have been part of this important project, and I congratulate all involved for getting it finished on time and on budget.
“In 2011, 215,000 passengers from 3,500 regular passenger transfer services were projected to pass through Mildura airport. Passenger numbers increased with 6,200 charter and general aviation movements each year, including flight training, air ambulance, aerial agriculture, parachuting, military and VIP flights.
“Mildura airport is also used for refueling of transiting aircraft and is a convenient calling point for diverting aircraft and aircraft experiencing on-board emergencies.
“The Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund was set up to fund regional projects such as this – which would not have come to fruition without the $5.2 million provided toward the $6.4 million development. The Mildura Rural City Council is to be complimented for contributing the remaining $1.2 million.
“Mildura has again benefited from the Liberal National Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Crisp said.
Highlights for Mildura from the Regional Growth Fund include:
• $5.2 million for the Airport;
• $7 million for the Riverfront Parklands Project;
• $5 million for the Langtree Avenue Promenade connection;
• $1 million for the Resort and Conference Centre at the marina; and
• $500,000 for the establishment of an Authority for the Mildura Riverfront Redevelopment.