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Vital funding for runway upgrade at Ballarat Airport


Ballarat Airport will receive a share of $41.2 million under the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.

Senator Sarah Henderson said the $10 million project, to which Ballarat City Council is providing $5 million, will provide ongoing access for emergency, RPT and freight airservices.

“This $5 million commitment will provide a much needed boost to the Ballarat economy and increase Ballarat’s access to the domestic and international markets and tourists ” Senator Henderson said.

“I have been speaking with the Deputy Prime Minister regularly, advocating for this funding for our community and I am pleased the Government has delivered it.”

“This is a very big win for the Ballarat community. This will support jobs and regional infrastructure and could not come at a more important time.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.

“For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future.

“We are investing $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver safer runways, taxiways and other safety upgrades such as new fencing and safety equipment.”

This funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s total package of support for Australia’s aviation industry of more than $1.2 billion.

For more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit

Media Contact: Mr McCormack – Dean Shachar 0418 202 860

13 June 2020

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