Mount Beauty Airport upgrade construction starting soon

The construction phase of the Mount Beauty Airport Upgrade Project is set to begin, creating an improved facility and shoring up emergency air access into the future.

28 October 2021
Project update

The $3 million project includes runway lengthening and widening, a new asphalt surface, fencing and upgraded drainage.

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth said the works are an important step towards supporting long-term emergency service access to the Kiewa Valley.

“It’s fantastic to see construction works starting,” he said.

“This project will effectively future-proof access for emergency services, improving the safety of surrounding communities and boosting access by air to the Kiewa Valley.

“Upgrades will support the essential firefighting efforts and allow for improved access for Air Ambulance Victoria fixed-wing aircraft.”

Cr Forsyth said there will also be positive economic and social impacts once works are completed.

“By improving air access, we’re supporting the community and visitors alike to experience the Kiewa Valley from a new vantage point, opening up exciting possibilities for local clubs, flying enthusiasts and events.”

Construction will begin over the coming weeks. 

The works will mean an increase in construction traffic along Damms Road and Maddisons Lane, and will have some impact on access to and from the Mount Beauty Transfer Station. Transfer station hours of operations will not be affected.

Community members are asked to expect occasional delays and for traffic management to be in place.

The runway will be closed for approximately three months from early next year. Airport users and key stakeholders will be contacted directly when closure dates are established, and the community will be kept informed as the project moves forward.

The $3 million upgrade is being jointly funded by the Federal Government’s Regional Airports Program and Alpine Shire Council.

Works include:

  • Lengthening of the existing runway by 600m
  • Widening of the runway from 10m to 18m
  • A new asphalt surface
  • Upgrade of drainage infrastructure at the site
  • New fencing for much of the airport perimeter

The project is due for completion around the end of April 2022.

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