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Bairnsdale Airport will be upgraded thanks to a $220,000 funding boost under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Regional Airports Program.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the project would involve upgrading the airport water system to support emergency services.

“Our small airstrips across Gippsland are valuable assets for our communities, particularly those in more remote locations,” Mr Chester said.

“The response, relief and recovery work undertaken during the bushfires showed us all how important this infrastructure is in an emergency.

“This investment will also bring a welcome injection of government money into areas of Gippsland that have felt the impact of drought, bushfires and the coronavirus.”

Mr Chester said the program supported important safety and access upgrades for regional airports.

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

“The Regional Airport’s Program is part of the Federal Government’s commitment to improve the accessibility and safety of regional airports and aerodromes across the nation.

“We are investing $100 million over four years from 2019–20 to 2022–23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver upgrades to improve runway and taxiway pavements, install new lighting or fencing.

“These projects will improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers, the delivery of goods and services and better meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services, including supporting bushfire preparedness.”

For more information on the Regional Airports Program, visit infrastructure.gov.au/regionalaviation.

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