Council has welcomed a commitment from the Australian Government to help fund vital upgrades to the Mount Beauty Airport.
19 June 2020
Council has secured a $1.55 million Regional Airports Program Grant to lengthen and widen the runway and upgrade lighting, drainage and the helicopter apron.
Alpine Shire Council Mayor Peter Roper said Council is advocating for the Victorian Government to contribute one third of the $3.11 million total project cost.
“This project will effectively future-proof access for emergency services, improving the safety of surrounding communities,” he said.
“Upgrades will support the essential firefighting efforts and allow for 24/7 access for Air Ambulance Victoria fixed-wing aircraft.
“The upgrade will include moving the runway approximately 400m further to the north west, away from Mount Beauty, which is designed to reduce aircraft noise over the town and enhance safety.”
Cr Roper said Council is grateful to the Australian Government for recognising the importance of these upgrades to the community.
“We look forward to the Victorian Government also throwing their support behind this essential project,” he said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for a partnership approach involving all three levels of government to deliver a critical emergency services infrastructure to significantly increase the resilience of the region.”
An upgraded runway will improve access for Forest Fire Management and other fire-fighting services, providing greater flexibility for fire management services to manage local and regional fires.
The next steps will be to engage with directly-impacted airport stakeholders and the broader community.