Wangaratta Aerodrome is among 89 regional airports nationwide which will benefit from grants totaling nearly $30 million under Round 2 of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s Regional Airports Program.
Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the local project in North East Victoria would see the construction of new animal-proof fencing and the removal of old fencing.
“Wangaratta Rural City Council will receive $256,536 in Australian Government funding for this much-needed project. This is money well spent,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Every dollar spent on local infrastructure is a dollar well spent and I look forward to working with the community to deliver this vital funding as we continue recovering from the pandemic.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the program supports important safety and access upgrades for regional airports.
“For our regional communities, the local airport provides an essential link to the rest of Australia,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“That’s why we’ve committed $100 million over four years from 2019–20 to 2022–23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver upgrades to improve runway and taxiway pavements, install new lighting or fencing.
“These projects will improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers, the delivery of goods and services and better meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services, including supporting bushfire preparedness.
“This is a great example of our Government backing the aviation industry whilst boosting local economies to help secure a stronger future for these regional areas.”
For a full list of successful projects and more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit infrastructure.gov.au/regionalaviation.