Horsham Aerodrome gets major runway upgrades

Aviation Portfolio

Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips today announced a $464,526 grant from the Regional Aviation Fund (RAF) to upgrade Horsham Aerodrome’s two runways.

“Horsham Aerodrome is a key economic asset to the region and is critical to emergency ambulance and firefighting operations as well as crop dusting operations that support local agribusinesses,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“It also supports general aviation, a local aero club, two gliding clubs and is occasionally used by military aircraft. It is vital the aerodrome can operate 24-hours a day, year round.”

Mr Rich-Phillips said that drainage of the airport’s runways is inadequate and has damaged the runway’s surfaces, meaning there is heightened risk of closure in wet weather.

The RAF grant will see the construction of shoulders on runway 17/35, repair of its pavements and seals, reconstruction of its existing drainage lines and the addition of new drainage lines.

Runway 08/26 will be resealed, while runway and taxiways line markings on both runways will be renewed.

“These major upgrades will ensure Horsham Aerodrome can operate continuously to support emergency and general aviation services,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The grant will also increase opportunities to expand aviation services and related businesses at the aerodrome. For example, Horsham Rural City Council is presently investigating the feasibility of a flight training school at the aerodrome.

Nationals Candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy welcomed the announcement.

“This 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,” Ms Kealy said.

To date, the Regional Aviation Fund has committed nearly $16.9 million for upgrades to 21 regional aerodrome projects around the state.

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