Victoria Minister responsible for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips
Coalition’s $160,000 For Upgrade Of Colac Aerodrome
Victor P Taffa
Colac Aerodrome will receive $163,000 under the Regional Aviation Fund to improve airfield facilities, the Victorian Coalition Government announced today.
Speaking at Colac Aeroclub’s 50th anniversary celebratory open day today, Victoria’s Minister responsible for the Aviation Industry, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said the funding would bring infrastructure improvements to Colac’s airfield to provide better access for vital aeronautical services, benefitting local communities and business.
The Regional Aviation Fund grant will fund the sealing of Colac’s gravel runway and apron areas, and widen the aircraft turning zones to provide a predictable all-weather surface for safer take-offs and landings.
“The Coalition Government established the $20 Million Regional Aviation Fund to cover the cost of infrastructure upgrades at public-access country airports that communities would otherwise not have been able to afford.” Mr. Rich-Phillips said.
“The Regional Aviation Fund is delivering material improvements right where they’re needed while generating valuable, added economic activity.”
Member for Polwarth and Minister for Transport Terry Mulder said the improvements to the aerodrome would have long-lasting community benefits.
“The upgrade will not only benefit general aviation, but it will also enable sophisticated aircraft such as aero-medical, fire-fighting and fire-spotting aircraft to use the airstrip, which will benefit the whole community.” Mr. Mulder said.
Under the Coalition Government’s Regional Aviation Fund aerodromes have secured more than $5 Million in grants, with more than $12 Million in grant applications presently under consideration. The scheme is already helping to fund airfield upgrades at Benalla, Latrobe, Cohuna, Stawell, Edenhope and Warrnambool airports.
The upgraded Colac airfield, one of the gateways to south-west Victoria’s parks and coastline touring regions, is expected to attract more recreational flying and joy flights to the area, providing a boost for Victoria’s regional tourism industry, especially the accommodation, hospitality and retail sectors.
The Colac Aero Club marked its 50th anniversary with an open day and flying displays. The flying club is working with the Colac Youth Council to encourage Victoria’s next generation of aviators to take to the skies.