Colac Aerodrome, which celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 5, has received $163,000 from the Victorian government’s Regional Aviation Fund.
The south-west Victorian GA airfield will use the funds to seal the gravel runway and apron areas, and widen the aircraft turning zones to provide a predictable all-weather surface for safer takeoffs and landings.
Victoria’s Minister responsible for the aviation industry, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said the funding would bring infrastructure improvements to Colac’s airfield to provide better access for aero-medical and firefighting aircraft.
“The Coalition Government established the $20 million Regional Aviation Fund to cover the cost of infrastructure upgrades at public-access country airports that communities would otherwise not have been able to afford,” Rich-Phillips said announcing the funding for Colac.
The Regional Aviation Fund has so far provided more than $5 million in grants, with more than $12 million in grant applications presently under consideration.