Portland Airport in Western Victoria has undergone a $2.2 million facelift to make the airport more attractive for commercial users.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan visited Portland today to open the redevelopment, made possible with a $1.43 million investment from the Victorian Government, including $80,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
The Portland upgrade involved:
- Construction of taxiways, aircraft parking and doubling the size of the main hangar
- Construction of an administration office in the main hangar
- A conference/meeting room extension to the airport terminal
- A new administration and crew area office extension to the airport terminal
- New avgas storage and bowser.
“Thanks to this significant Victorian Government investment, Portland now has a modern airport that offers a high level of service to its many user groups,” Ryan said.
“Portland Airport is vitally important to the local community and economy, servicing the local forestry sector, the growing mineral and resource sector as well as other major industries such as Portland’s aluminium smelter.
“It is also a key gateway for tourism into not only Portland but the south-west region more broadly."
The Victorian Government also believes the upgrades will help attract flight training to Portland in conjunction with a major university.