01 February 2023

Bendigo Airport will receive further upgrades thanks to funding under the Australian Government’s $100 million Regional Airports Program.

Since 2020, the City of Greater Bendigo has received $865,000 under the program, including $100,000 from Round 3 in January to upgrade fencing to reduce wildlife hazards.

Previous funding for the Bendigo Airport under this program was allocated to construct a helicopter stand and fuel truck area, and an apron expansion and run-up area development.

Forty-four airports across regional Australia will share in $27.9 million under Round 3 of the program.

The Regional Airports Program provides grants to improve the safety and accessibility of airports or aerodromes in our regions.

The program funds important upgrades, including works such as resurfacing runways to ensure air operators can land safely and without damaging their aircraft, or installing fencing to prevent animals entering the airport, providing safer landings for air operators.

This program has supported 150 projects across regional Australia with nearly $71 million in funding under the first two rounds.

For more information, including the list of successful projects, visit:

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters:

 “The Regional Airports Program delivers significant benefits for regional aviation and communities, including increasing safety for aircraft, operators and passengers.

“These projects are also an investment in the improved delivery of goods and services, including healthcare and passenger air services.

“The Bendigo to Sydney flight is continuing to be a successful and well used service out of our regional city.

“These additional upgrades are practical improvements and will continue to strengthen Bendigo Airport’s ability to operate.

“The Australian Government is committed to bolstering connections from Australia’s regions to domestic and global market opportunities.

“Investing in our regional airports is also critical to supporting the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services.”