Aviation

18
Oct

Barwon Heads Airport gets major Regional Aviation Fund upgrade

Aviation Portfolio

Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips has today announced a $651,310 grant from the Regional Aviation Fund (RAF) to upgrade the runway at Barwon Heads Airport.

“Barwon Heads Airport is a key economic asset to the region, as the Bellarine Peninsula’s only public airfield and the City of Greater Geelong’s only general aviation airfield,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“At present, the airport is closed for an average 50 days each year and up to two weeks at a time, due to wet weather and water-logging of the current gravel runway.

“Many businesses do not plan flights from Barwon Heads during winter for this reason and closure of the runway costs the airport’s commercial operators a significant amount of lost income each year.

“The RAF grant will see the taxiway and 750-metre runway sealed, and lighting along the runway improved.

“The upgraded runway will allow the airport to operate year-round and result in shorter take-off distances, reducing aircraft noise over neighbouring properties and nearby Lake Connwearre,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Ron Nelson, Liberal candidate for Bellarine, said that the upgrading of the Barwon Heads Airport runway is a great example of how the Regional Aviation Fund is improving public-use regional aerodromes so they can make a stronger contribution to local economies and communities.

“The airport’s upgrade will help make the Bellarine an even more attractive tourism destination for touring aircraft, with local businesses standing to benefit from increased visitor numbers to the area,” Mr Nelson said.

“The upgrading of the Barwon Heads Airport runway is a great example of how the Regional Aviation Fund is improving public-use regional aerodromes so they can play a more important part in local economies and communities.”

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

To date, the Coalition Government’s RAF has announced almost $16 million for upgrades to 20 regional aerodrome projects around the state.

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