The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie and the Member for Western Victoria David O’Brien MLC have welcomed news of a second international airport for Victoria, to be opened at Avalon Airport.
Senator McKenzie said the Commonwealth Government announcement to amend the airport’s lease was a great opportunity for producers in the state’s west and north-west.
“This announcement is a boost for the region and will lead to it becoming a much-needed fresh food export centre.
“Following the attraction of international carriers, it should be easier for producers to use Avalon to move their goods to global markets.
“Avalon is near to rail, road and sea links that can also utilise this exciting opportunity.”
David O’Brien said he had been supportive of Avalon since learning of the situation with its international status.
“I congratulate Justin Giddings, Avalon CEO and his team on all the work that has gone in to make this happen. What this will mean for Geelong and Western Victoria in terms of export cannot be overstated.”
Senator McKenzie said the announcement was a step in the right direction if the government wants Australia to serve as a food bowl to Asia.
“Victoria’s west and north-west have great produce including wheat, grains, citrus, stone fruit, nuts, table and wine grapes and livestock.
“These commodities will become increasingly valuable to our Asian neighbours and Avalon’s international airport status should help serve this region with fresh food.”