Benalla Airport

08 December 2015

8 December 2015

Ms RYAN (Euroa) — I thank the federal Nationals leader, Warren Truss, who
stepped in yesterday to assist Benalla Rural City Council with $715 000 in
funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund to upgrade the Benalla
Airport. Council first applied for funding from the former Victorian coalition
government's Regional Aviation Fund in September last year to undertake urgent
works. This included an extension of the airport's runway to enable Benalla to
host the 34th World Gliding Championships, which start with early events next
month before the main event in January 2017. Upon Labor coming to government,
the gliding club and the wider community were upset to learn that it had
scrapped the program. Council has been fighting to have the project considered
under Labor's half-baked regional development program ever since, and
12 months later is still waiting for a decision.

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