$100,000 upgrade for Coldstream Airport

Aviation Portfolio

Coldstream Airport will undergo a major upgrade thanks to a $109,346 Regional Aviation Fund (RAF) grant, announced by Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips today.

The grant will allow Coldstream Airport, which services the Yarra Ranges Shire, to install a new AVGAS fuel facility.

Mr Rich-Phillips said the new fuel facility will increase storage capacity from 8,000 litres to 11,990 litres, providing an improved buffer against sudden increases in fuel usage that can occur during the fire season.

“This improved capacity will better support the airport’s training activities for pilots and aviation engineers with the Australian Centre for Mission Aviation who serve in remote communities across Australia and Papua New Guinea,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The upgrade will make Coldstream a more attractive tourism destination for touring aircraft, with local businesses standing to benefit from increased usage of the airport and the convenience it offers visitors to the Yarra Ranges region.

“This revitalised airport is a great example of how the Regional Aviation Fund improves public-use regional aerodromes so they can make a stronger contribution to local economies and communities.”

The $20 million RAF invests in regional aviation infrastructure so that regional communities can better benefit from the important contribution that regional airports make to tourism, air freight, emergency services and business.

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

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