Bendigo Airport Expansion to Tender After Funding is Secured | Bendigo Advertiser


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More than a decade of work by the City of Greater Bendigo was rewarded on Friday with the latest funds for the Bendigo Airport expansion. The federal government provided $4.5 million in funding Friday as part of a community development grant. The funding matches $4.5 million in state government funding and nearly $1 million in council funding. Council Chief Executive Craig Niemann says Bendigo Airport’s master plan dates back 10 years, making the final funding announcement very exciting. Read more: Parents and educators concerned about ripple effect of COVID-19 on Bendigo Early Years Centers “We have applied for federal funds through four different rounds of the Building Better Regions fund and we we’ve been close every time,” he said. “We worked with the federal government and said what options were available, they said this (community development grant). We are delighted that they have decided to fund our project and that it matches the money of state.” It’s a long process and a big team effort in the City and has had great support from MPs. “You have to persist and persevere. You don’t just raise your hand (and get funding). The whole process of building the importance of this project involved a number of different (Bendigo) councils .” Mr Niemann said upgrading the terminal and its security would mean a better experience for travelers as well as the potential for more flight routes passing through Bendigo. “The airport’s master plan goes back over 10 years, it led to rezoning, land acquisition and funding for the construction of a runway – it was a three-way contribution, which led to the opportunity to advocate for different routes to be supported,” he said. . “Qantas and its route to Sydney is the result of this work. “Over time, flights to Sydney have been really positive and well supported by the community and businesses. Qantas wanted to increase their number of flights, COVID restrictions have had an impact on that, but they want to keep increasing their flights. “It’s about us being able to upgrade (the airport) to accommodate that and having (other airlines) recognize that. People haven’t been there since a long time, but you have to adapt to the needs of travellers.” As well as the terminal, the expansion of Bendigo Airport will see business opportunities develop at airfields Read more: Over 1,200 Victorians in hospital as state sees over 20,000 new cases ‘The Another part is to develop industrial land that has limited infrastructure – power, water, sewer and roads – and to allow that land to develop into smaller industrial plots that can be occupied by businesses that wish to locate near the airport or close to town,” Mr. Neimann said. “We also hope to have more hangar areas. We have had a lot of demand for hangar space with private citizens wishing to house their planes and some businesses as well. We therefore want to meet this future demand.” The next step in the Bendigo airport upgrade will be to launch a tender for a design and construction team. “We need to tender this week and hope to deliver the project by the middle of next year,” Mr. Niemann said. bids) will allow for a four week period to get a response, then there is a period of review, evaluation and, subject to everything falling into place, it will take at least a few months to go through that and get things going.” As the airport project slowly moves into place, Mr Niemann said the council was not short of other projects to focus on. “There are always transportation and infrastructure projects, walking and cycling trails, recreational and sports facilities,” he said. “The redevelopment of the art gallery and regional employment district of Bendigo (is underway) and there is the Golden Dragon Museum. We are looking at a business case for the redevelopment (of the museum). must expand for additional dragons and artifacts and create a great local and visitor experience for the community.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:



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