Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan and Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson today announced the fast tracking of a $40m development at Avalon Airport which will support 300 long-term jobs in the Geelong region.
Construction of the proposed development, which features a 35,000 square metre warehouse, is expected to start in mid-2017.
The warehouse will be used as a distribution facility for global clothing retail chain Cotton On which has its headquarters in North Geelong.
Mr Tehan said the Department of Defence, which leases the land to the Linfox Group subsidiary Avalon Airport Australia Pty Ltd, signed a deed that would fast track the development of the Cotton On facility.
“We cut the red tape and removed unnecessary impediments which means construction can start almost a year earlier on a project that will bring jobs and economic growth to the Geelong region,” Mr Tehan said.
Ms Henderson said that, on completion, the $40m project was expected to support around 300 long-term jobs to be based in the warehouse.
“By streamlining the ordinary Department of Defence planning requirements which apply to any project valued at more than $20 million, our government continues to focus on driving investment and jobs across the Geelong and Corangamite regions. This is a great outcome for Avalon Airport and Cotton On, a global retail success story with its headquarters based here in Geelong.”
“In October 2015, our government endorsed the Avalon Airport master plan which provides for a significant expansion of the airport’s operations, as well as the establishment of non-aviation related developments.”
The Avalon Master Plan provides the planning mechanism to:
- expand the existing domestic terminal to accommodate international operations without a Major Development Plan (up to 10,000 square metres);
- construct a new international terminal and airfreight terminals as well as provision to extend the existing runway and build additional runways;
- develop the site to accommodate retail, commercial and industrial operations;
- continue the Australian International Airshow until at least 2025;
- construct a rail link into the airport; and
- develop recreational and sporting facilities.
The Avalon Airport Masterplan is providing a great opportunity for new developments which will create jobs and significant economic benefits for our region.
9 March 2017