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Benambra Airstrip, Orbost Airport and Yarram Aerodrome will each get a share of $41.2 million under the Australian Government’s Regional Airports Program.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced the three facilities would receive a combined total of almost $267,000.

“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 summer bushfires showed us all how important this infrastructure is in an emergency.

“I’ve been speaking with the Deputy Prime Minister regularly, advocating for this funding for our community and I am pleased the government has delivered it.

“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.”

Benambra Airstrip will receive $110,000 to seal its gravel runway, reducing wear-and-tear on the airstrip.

Orbost Airport will get $118,468 to upgrade lighting to improve visibility for fire fighters, emergency services and other essential aeromedical services which use the airfield.

Yarram Aerodrome has been allocated $37,500 to build a new helipad, install fencing and purchase a generator, which will increase access for emergency services and boost safety.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and access for regional Australians.

“The government is investing in regional airports because we know this infrastructure is key to securing our regional aviation network now and into the post-COVID future,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are investing $100 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to help owners of regional airports right across Australia deliver safer runways, taxiways and other safety upgrades such as new fencing and safety equipment.”

This funding is in addition to the Federal Government’s total package of support for Australia’s aviation industry of more than $1.2 billion.

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