Aviation

07
Nov

Warracknabeal and Hopetoun aerodromes receive Regional Aviation Fund upgrades

Aviation Portfolio
 
Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips today announced grants of $245,000 for Warracknabeal Aerodrome and $249,000 for Hopetoun Aerodrome from the Regional Aviation Fund (RAF), both of which are in Yarriambiack Shire.

“Warracknabeal and Hopetoun aerodromes are key economic asset to the region, supporting general aviation and playing a critical role in emergency service operations, as well as the region’s important agribusiness industry,” Mr Rich‑Phillips said.

“Upgrades to both aerodromes will will see new lighting installed along runway 08/26 at Warracknabel and the main runway at Hopetoun, as well as a new weathersock and markers.

“Current lighting at both of these aerodromes was installed in the 1950s and 1960s and, although providing good service, no longer adheres to CASA rules. This funding from the Coalition Government will ensure the lighting adheres to CASA standards and provides increased safety for users of the aerodromes,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“These announcements are great examples of how the Regional Aviation Fund is improving public-use regional aerodromes so they can make a stronger contribution to local economies and communities,” he said.

Nationals Candidate for Lowan Emma Kealy said the upgrades to Warracknabeal Aerodrome would be a real bonus for the local area.

“The Coalition Government’s Regional Aviation Fund is an investment in aviation infrastructure, meaning regional communities like Warracknabeal can derive even greater benefits from their airports,” Ms Kealy said.

Member for Mildura Peter Crisp welcomed the Hopetoun Aerodrome funding for the benefits it will bring to the local community.

“These announcements are great examples of how the Regional Aviation Fund is improving public-use regional aerodromes in the area of tourism, air freight, emergency services and business,” Mr Crisp said.

To date the RAF has committed $17.1 million for upgrades to 21 regional aerodrome around the state.

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