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MyJet soars with $1.5 million Bendigo development

General Portfolio Press Releases

Bendigo’s new $1.5 million state-of-the-art aviation facility was officially opened today with the new MyJet headquarters to secure jobs and stimulate further investment at Bendigo Airport.

Premier and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine joined MyJet Managing Director Chris Richards and Minister for Aviation Gordon Rich-Phillips at Bendigo Airport to celebrate the occasion.

“This purpose-built facility can house up to five aircraft, including three turbo-prop or jet aircraft. It also includes a new passenger lounge and administration offices,” Dr Napthine said.

“MyJet is a rapidly growing business and this development will allow the company to stable its aircraft in Bendigo rather than Essendon – keeping jobs in central Victoria.

“Local pilots are now able to stay in the area to progress their training and pilot jet aircraft for a regional commercial operation.

Dr Napthine said MyJet’s $1.5 million project was the largest private investment in Bendigo Airport in more than 40 years and gave a major boost to the proposed redevelopment of Bendigo Airport.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has provided $5 million through our Regional Aviation Fund to assist the development of the new runway here in Bendigo,” Dr Napthine said.

Mr Rich-Phillips said the new MyJet facility and the proposed runway development would attract further investment in Bendigo’s aviation precinct.

“Bendigo Airport’s location in central Victoria means that it is the prime distribution point and nominated base for emergency services. It is also a vital link for further development of the region’s health, financial, manufacturing and tourism sectors,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The Regional Aviation Fund is designed to support passenger services to regional towns and provides economic development opportunities in regional centres.

“This initiative will assist the aviation industry through investment in education and skills; promotion of investment; and trade and industry research.”

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Kristy McSweeney 0408 451 658

Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - Minister for Aviation

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