The Stawell Airport has become one of five airport projects in the Wannon electorate which will receive upgrades after a federal funding announcement.
Via the Australian Government's Regional Airports Program, the Stawell Airport will receive $300,000 to upgrade LED lighting and general aviation apron reseal.
The funding comes as part of the federal government's upgrades program of 89 regional airports nationwide, which will benefit from grants totaling nearly $30 million.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the upgrades required at Stawell airport are much needed.
"The funding of works at the five airports would assist in undertaking essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians," he said.
"The upgraded airport facilities will help to meet the needs of both the community and local industry."
"Our local airports provide an essential transport link with the rest of Australia, and these works will maintain these important assets now and into the future.
"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," he 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."
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