Victorian Government backs Kerang Aerodrome upgrade

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Victorian Government backs Kerang Aerodrome upgrade

Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips today officially announced a $626,000 grant from the Regional Aviation Fund to upgrade vital infrastructure at Kerang Aerodrome.

“Kerang Aerodrome is one of this region’s key economic assets and these upgrades will benefit the local community’s aircraft training services, recreational flying and emergency services,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“These improvements are essential if Kerang Aerodrome is to continue playing a role in local tourism and air freight services in the area.”

Mr Rich-Phillips said that modern aerodromes support a stronger regional economy by connecting towns and regions with vital services, new economic opportunities and more convenient travel options for residents.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is providing $20 million over four years through the Regional Aviation Fund to support local aerodromes. To date, 16 regional airports and aerodromes have taken advantage of the fund to upgrade their facilities.

“It is pleasing today to add the Kerang Aerodrome Upgrade Project to the list of improved aviation facilities around the state,” Mr Rich-Philips said.

The Napthine Government is providing $626,000 from the Regional Aviation Fund towards the $776,000 project, which is currently underway. Work incorporated in the project includes: 
· resealing one runway and re-sheeting another;
· widening and levelling the taxiway;
· upgrading aviation fuel storage facilities;
· designing and implementing a navigational aid system; and
· installing Pilot Activated Airfield Lighting and a generator for emergency backup.

Member for Swan Hill and candidate for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the upgrades to Kerang Aerodrome will be of great benefit to local businesses and residents.

“Not only will this project remedy major issues currently experienced at Kerang Aerodrome, it will also improve safety and help secure the long-term viability of a great community asset,” Mr. Walsh said.

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