Premier announces $922,000 for Portland Airport Upgrade
Portland Airport will receive $922,000 for major lighting upgrades to improve safety and reduce expensive ongoing maintenance costs.Inspecting the tarmac today, Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine announced $691,500 Victorian Coalition funding for the vital upgrades in addition to $231,000 from the Glenelg Shire Council.
“These important lighting upgrades will bring Portland Airport’s ageing lighting and associated infrastructure up to current Civil Aviation Safety Authority standards. It will also reduce ongoing maintenance costs by 40 per cent providing significant savings for the Glenelg Shire Council,”
Dr Napthine said.“Portland Airport is a busy aviation facility providing regular passenger transport services to Melbourne and Adelaide and is well utilised by many charter operators and recreational pilots.
“It is an important facility for industry and emergency services, including aviation firefighting and air ambulance.
These infrastructure upgrades are vital for the airports ongoing sustainability,ensuring it remains an important transport link for this region.
”The upgrades will include:
•replacing trunk feeder primary cables for the Precision Approach Path Indicator;
•installing low intensity runway lighting;
•extending the taxiway edge lighting;
•installing a new illuminated wind indicator; and
•modifying the control wiring and logic in the control cubicle.
Dr Napthine said the project was expected to be completed by April 2015.“This lighting investment will increase the reliability and safety for all users but particularly Sharp Airlines, Air Ambulance Victoria and aircraft charter services,” Dr Napthine said.
“The upgrade will increase the reliability of the visual aids relied upon by pilots. The new lighting system will have a shorter spacing between runway lights allowing aircraft to take off in reduced visibility weather conditions.
“Importantly, these improvements are expected to increase the usability of the airport and encourage further private development at the facility.
”Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips said aviation was an integral driver of Victoria’s economy, creating links for industry and allowing more convenient travel for residents and business.
“The Victorian Government’s Regional Aviation Fund is supporting critical infrastructure at our state’s regional airports,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“This project will maintain Portland Airport as an aviation industry and passenger hub, as well as encouraging private development.”