Benalla Rural City Council today welcomed the announcement of $110,000 from the State Government for the development of a Master Plan for Benalla Airport.
The Master Plan will prioritise infrastructure upgrades of the Airport in time for the World Gliding Championships to be held there at the State Gliding Centre in 2017, as well as a review of the existing Airport facilities, consultation with key stakeholders, airside and landside facility planning, and land use planning.
“The Airport is an incredibly important piece in the picture of what makes Benalla Rural City such a great place to live and invest,” said Mayor Cr Barbara Alexander. “A Master Plan will give the Council and the whole community a clear direction on how to attract investment to develop this important asset.”
Cr Alexander said that the World Gliding Championships to be held in Benalla in 2017 would be a boon to the region and were an example of the value that the Airport could bring.
“Our airport is unique in that nowhere else can you step off the plane into a 300 seat auditorium or stroll a short distance to the main street for a coffee,” she said. “There are many possibilities for business and recreation, in how it can be used by the different user groups, in its role in different regional activities and events, and its proximity to the industrial estate.”
The development of a Master Plan would enable the Council to engage widely with the community, with business and tourism operators, to ensure everyone was working with a common purpose for the site, Cr Alexander said.
“The Council would like to thank all the stakeholders involved in helping us move toward our vision, particularly the Gliding Club of Victoria and the Aviation Museum and the Airport Advisory Committee,” she said.
“We are also grateful to the State Government who have invested in the vision, and I’m sure that the whole state of Victoria will benefit from the future growth and development of the Airport.”
The funding has been made available by the State Government through the Regional Development Fund – Putting Locals First.