The final stage of Stawell Airport’s master plan is set to get underway thanks to $565,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government.
Aviation Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips was in Stawell today to make the announcement, which comes just a month after the completion of Stage 2 works.
“The Coalition Government is funding this project because we believe the airport is a vital piece of infrastructure for the community of Stawell,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“The upgrade will allow the airport to operate in inclement weather and at night by providing pilot activated access direct to the automatic weather station at the site.
“It will also provide a surveyed approach and take-off path for pilots that is designed, flight tested and published in reference manuals to improve safety.
“This will improve the community’s access to air ambulance services and reduce the number of occasions where patients are taken by road to Horsham or Ballarat because of unsuitable weather conditions.”
The funding will also be used to complete the construction of internal access roads and to upgrade runways and the airport’s terminal.
“The first two stages of the project, which have also received Victorian Government funding, are already paying dividends for the community,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“A number of businesses based at the airport have reported an increase in business since the completion of Stage 2 works, including Aero Restorations.
“At least eight new jobs have been created as a result of increased air traffic to and from the airport for on-going regular maintenance of aircraft frames, engines and radios.”
Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay said the final stage would complete the first major upgrade of the airport since it was built in 1964.
“Stawell Aerodrome is a key asset for Western Victoria, providing direct access to the Grampians and surrounding nature-based tourism opportunities,” Mr Ramsay said.