Published on 20 January 2023
Campaspe Shire Mayor Cr Rob Amos is delighted with today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $2.35 million in funding for urgent upgrade works to the Echuca Aerodrome. The grant is provided under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program. The Mayor said the upgrade of the aerodrome has been a key advocacy priority of Council for more than a decade to ensure the continuation of vital air services for the people of Campaspe Shire and the surrounding region.
“Firstly, I’d like to commend the shire officers for their work undertaken to secure this funding,“ Cr Amos said.
"Upgrade of the aerodrome will enable the continuation of vital medical access to regional cross-border communities by providing a safe, accessible airstrip.
“This will ensure the community continues to receive urgent health and medical assistance.”
The need for facility upgrades has been identified during the past decade in consultation with key stakeholders, including Air Ambulance Victoria (AAV), Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) and emergency services operators, as well as other airport user groups and the wider community.
The upgrade will ensure the aerodrome meets industry standards, remains operational, providing long term sustainability while also creating jobs and catering for the growth in population, tourism and recreational aircraft users.
The overall estimated cost of the project is $4.8 million with Council committing $2.45 million towards the project.
With project designs already completed, Council anticipates the project to start during the 2023/24 financial year with completion by the end of 2024, subject to regulations and approvals.