The Leongatha Aerodrome will receive a share of $41.2 million under the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said the aerodrome would receive a reseal of the main run way as part of $975,000 project works.

“The main runway is 50 years old and requires a reseal and the cross runway is gravel and will receive a reconstruction with a full seal.

“These works will provide all weather access and improved safety for the aerodrome that is used for general aviation, training, agricultural aircraft, firefighting and air ambulance.

“Being located in South Gippsland the Leongatha aerodrome services the high productive agricultural region as well as a dispersed rural population base and I am pleased this funidng will enable important upgardes to take place,” Mr Broadbent said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.

“For our regional communities, the local airport is an essential link to the rest of Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future.

“We are investing $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver safer runways, taxiways and other safety upgrades such as new fencing and safety equipment.”

This funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s total package of support for Australia’s aviation industry of more than $1.2 billion.

For more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/rap.aspx.