- Bairnsdale Aerodrome officially reopens after a $1.8 million upgrade
- Project improves important transport link for East Gippsland
- Regional Growth Fund delivers $1.6 million for the project
A $1.8 million upgrade to the Bairnsdale Aerodrome that has improved access and safety for businesses and emergency services has been opened by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan.
Mr Ryan was joined by the Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull to officially open the upgraded facility which received funding of $1.6 million from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
“Bairnsdale Aerodrome’s facilities support a number of commercial aviation enterprises including corporate charter and aircraft fleet maintenance,” Mr Ryan said.
“The aerodrome is an important asset to local companies such as Patties Foods, which flies staff to and from Melbourne when required.
“The facility is used daily for the transportation of bank documents and is also used for the transfer of paperwork to the courts.
“The aerodrome is a key transport link to the remotest corner of the region and as such is particularly important for emergency services.
“It is used by the fixed wing air-ambulance services and by volunteer patient transport service Angel Flight.
“The Bairnsdale Regional Health Service regularly flies allied health staff from the aerodrome to remote far East Gippsland to provide outreach services for patients.
“The Department of Primary Industries uses this facility to transport fire-fighting staff to and from their nearby airstrip,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Bull said that the Bairnsdale Aerodrome Upgrade project was overseen by the East Gippsland Shire.
“I am advised by the council that the project involved the development of the commercial and private hangar precinct, that rehabilitation works were carried out on the north and east taxiway, and that lighting has been upgraded,” Mr Bull said.
“A new 10,000 litre fuelling facility made up of 5,000 litres of AVGAS and 5000 litres of jet fuel has been installed during the upgrade.”
Mr Bull said upgrading the aerodrome has helped address the current and future needs of stakeholders and will attract more commercial and private companies to the site.
Mr Bull said funding for the Bairnsdale Aerodrome upgrade had been managed under the Regional Growth Fund since 2011.
“This project is an example of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to invest in community-led initiatives, while strategically driving jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Bull said.
“The Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $430 million, generating over $1.7 billion in total investment across 1,500 projects.”
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