Mount Beauty Airport Upgrade

The Mount Beauty Airport Upgrade project will effectively future-proof access for emergency services, improving the safety of surrounding communities and boosting access by air to the Kiewa Valley.

Project Overview

These upgrades will support the essential firefighting efforts and allow for improved access for Air Ambulance Victoria fixed-wing aircraft.

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 emergencies.

What will this project achieve?

  • Improved access for Air Ambulance Victoria fixed-wing aircraft
  • Runway capacity for upgraded Air Ambulance Victoria fixed-wing aircraft and maintaining access for the Kiewa Valley community
  • Improved access for Forest Fire Management and other fire-fighting services, providing greater flexibility for fire management services to manage local and regional fires
  • A fantastic opportunity for a partnership approach involving multiple levels of government to deliver critical emergency services infrastructure to significantly increase the resilience of the region.

Council has secured a $1.55 million Regional Airports Program Grant towards the cost of this project.


Project Update 28 October 2021

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.

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

The works are an important step towards supporting long-term emergency service access to the Kiewa Valley.

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.

 General 'for construction’ drawings can be found here.

Project Update 5 February 2021

A contract for the detailed design of the Mount Beauty Airport Upgrade has been awarded, bringing the project one step closer to taking flight.

The contractors are currently working through the challenges to overcome and satisfy conflicting design objectives for both the aviation and floodplain management requirements.

Early indications suggest that the concept design, which involves extending the runway by 600m into the Kiewa River (east branch) floodplain, will need to be modified to reduce the impact of flooding.

Our contractors are working closely with North East Catchment Management Authority to compile and analyse the flood impact assessment.

With the runway extension pushing into the east branch floodplain, the impact of the construction on future extreme flood events will be carefully considered.

Several options are being explored to reduce the earthwork required to construct the runway extension. 

Council has accepted approximately 2,000m3 of fill material to be stockpiled within the airport grounds which will be used throughout the construction of the runway extension.

The closure and transfer of the unused Government road currently bisecting the airport land is also underway.

Construction is expected to begin in the second half of 2021, with runway completion anticipated by the end of March 2022.

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