Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Victoria Minister for Aviation Gordon Rich-Phillips
Coalition’s Historic Deal For Major National Air Hub
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu and Aviation Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips have announced an historic partnership to create in Victoria a national aviation precinct to provide airlines with access to aviation training facilities, highly skilled workers and maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
Premier Baillieu said a national aviation services precinct would position Victoria to attract new investment, create jobs and capitalise on the rapid growth forecast in the aviation sector.
“We have signed an historic agreement with John Holland Aviation Services, Australia’s largest independent maintenance, repair and overhaul operator, to partner in delivering Australia’s first national aviation precinct.” Premier Baillieu said.
Mr. Rich-Phillips said the Coalition Government would aggressively seek to attract aviation businesses from other states and internationally to establish the precinct as the leading aviation hub in the Asia Pacific region.
“A national hub of aviation services is world-leading and has been enthusiastically embraced by industry.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.
“Securing John Holland as the first partner is a major step forward. We are now seeking further private sector participation and investment to develop and operate the precinct.”
“We envisage aircraft and engine maintenance repair and overhaul enterprises such as John Holland working alongside component companies and suppliers and training providers in a shared collaborative space to increase innovation and deliver competitive outcomes.”
“The precinct will feature training academies and institutions teaching students of today to be the qualified aviation specialists of the future, and it will become an incubator for research and development.”
“We have also invested $6.5 Million in the Melbourne Airport rail study to identify the best route for a rail link to Melbourne Airport and the preferred options for station locations.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.
Premier Baillieu said the Coalition Government was focused on developing infrastructure and aviation skills, and attracting investment and creating a competitive environment for aviation businesses.
The announcement comes as Melbourne Airport releases its preferred orientation for a third runway, a $500 Million investment that is expected to be constructed as part of its $10 Billion master plan.
“Forecasts show that in the next 20 years about half of the world’s air traffic growth will be driven by increases in travel to, from or within the Asia-Pacific region.” Premier Baillieu said.
“Melbourne Airport’s redevelopment will create thousands of jobs and help attract new business investment as more airlines seek to expand to our region.” Premier Baillieu said.