$160,000 Nhill Aerodrome upgrade ready for action

Aviation Portfolio

Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips today officially opened the latest infrastructure upgrades at Nhill Aerodrome, following a $161,139 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government.

Mr Rich-Phillips said the upgrades have improved facilities and the enhancement of operational capabilities at the aerodrome, including resealing of the runway and taxiway and the addition of line marking.

“The aviation industry is a vital contributor to Victoria’s economy in its own right and underpins the state’s solid performance in tourism and inbound investment,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“It plays a key role in regional Victoria, connecting towns and regions with vital services, including health services, and enabling quicker, more convenient travel for residents.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to improving our regional airports so that communities can continue to benefit from the important social contribution that airports make, in areas including tourism and air freight to essential emergency services.
The Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said that the upgrade of Nhill Aerodrome will contribute to local economic growth.

”The Nhill Aerodrome upgrade will provide greater investment opportunities in the Wimmera region,” Mr Delahunty said.

“These much-needed upgrades ensure that Nhill Aerodrome continues to operate a safe and reliable runway and taxiway well into the future.”

Today’s opening and funding announcement is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment of $20 million over four years to expand the Regional Aviation Fund (RAF). 

The RAF is designed to increase the competitive advantages of the state’s regional airports by supporting the development of aviation infrastructure and other activities on regional airport sites, with a view to further strengthening their operational viability.

Media contact: Andrew Drever 0409 580 996   andrew.drever@minstaff.vic.gov.au
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