Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Bendigo Airport set to soar to new heights

Media Release

FN021/2016

18 March 2016

Joint release with:

Jacinta Allan

Victorian Minister for Public Transport
Victorian Member for Bendigo East

Rod Fyffe

Mayor of City of Greater Bendigo

Bendigo Airport is set to take flight towards a brighter future with work getting underway today on the second stage of the airport's redevelopment.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project will involve construction of a new $14.7 million runway to service emergency and air transport services.

“The runway will be 1600 metres in length, with a width of 30 metres, allowing the airport to cater for planes carrying up to 70 passengers,” Senator Nash said.

“The upgrade will also involve improvements to lighting, taxiways and associated infrastructure at the airport.

“The Australian Government's $5 million contribution to the project demonstrates its commitment to regional Victoria.

“This is just one of over 160 priority infrastructure projects in regional and rural communities around Australia funded under the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.”

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the airport serves a population catchment of over 200,000 people, along with vital regional emergency services such as firefighting and medical aircraft.

“The Victorian Government has contributed $4.7 million to this upgrade, which will help tackle capacity restrictions and other issues, bringing Bendigo into line with other major regional centres,” Ms Allan said.

“Bendigo is growing and so are the demands on our airport. That's why the Andrews Labor Government is partnering with the Federal Government and local council to build the new runway and boost its capacity.

“This new runway builds on the improvements that have already been delivered through this vital project, including 25 new hangars, three new taxiways, and better road access to the airport.”

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Rod Fyffe said the airport development was a priority project for the region.

“We see great potential for an upgraded airport to attract new or expanded businesses while creating better air links with Melbourne and other major centres,” Mr Fyfe said.

“Planning is underway for the future construction of a modern business park to provide opportunities for expansion to both new and existing businesses.”

The runway upgrade is due for completion in mid-2017.

Further information about the National Stronger Regions Fund is available online at infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf.