Airport upgrade nears completion

Stage three of the upgrade to the Stawell Airport is nearing completion.

Stage three of the redevelopment work at Stawell Airport is almost complete.

Stage three of the redevelopment work at Stawell Airport is almost complete.

Northern Grampians Shire Mayor, Cr Kevin Erwin, said the upgrade had completely transformed the airport into a modern, state of the art facility.

"The project has considerably enhanced the facilities and public amenities at the airport and will assist the airport operators to carry out or expand their businesses, as well as provide better facilities for the air ambulance, fly-in/fly-out users and other visiting planes," Cr Erwin said.

"The upgrades will also allow council to facilitate and consider additional development opportunities at the site."

Cr Erwin said the upgrade had seen many changes to facilities and had resulted in opportunities for various businesses to either open or expand.

"When you look at what people like AGA Services, Stawell Aviation Services and Grant Harrison have done out there, it is just amazing," Cr Erwin said.

As part of stage three works, a new septic tank line has been extended to the new terminal and a new pump set installed at the old septic tank site to pump existing sewerage from several lessee buildings back into the new line.

A new stormwater drainage line has been installed to pick up runoff from all of the buildings, either to discharge into the on-site tanks or to the site dam for reuse.

The water main has been upgraded to service all of the buildings. Underground power lines have been extended to the new terminal building, the septic tank pump site, the new aircraft apron lights and to the future emergency genset site.

The two main access roads have been kerbed in part and sealed. This work also includes sealing up to the old car parking sealed areas, and sealing of the air ambulance access road.

Two new 10 metre high poles and lights have been erected at the new taxiway Charlie apron area and two apron upgrades have been constructed, ready for final sealing shortly.

The airside perimeter security fence has been extended in two areas, including provision of new gates, while the builder has completed the new terminal building.

The old public toilets have been removed, with the new toilet now located in the terminal building.

A new Non Precision Approach-GPS procedure has also been tested and published for use by all pilots.

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