Aviation boost for Kyneton

KYNETON Airfield has received a $180,000 funding boost to upgrade the airfield’s fuel facilities and runway lighting.

A 24-hour self-service aviation fuel facility and a pilot-activated lighting system will now be built at the site. 

The upgrade comes as part of the state government's $20-million Regional Aviation Fund. 

Kyneton Aero Club president Matt Henderson said the upgrade will benefit emergency services, general recreational use and support commercial operations. 

He said the self-service aviation fuel facility was crucial for emergency service operations and the pilot-activated lighting system would improve night operations safety.

"At the moment we have ageing facilities and we at the club saw a need for improvement," Mr Henderson said. 

"The new system will allow people passing through to access fuel anytime and the lighting system will allow us to take off or land throughout the night."

He said the works would be completed by mid-May. 

"We are proactive in wanting to get things done and we have spoken to suppliers in preparation for the announcement. 

"Now we can get stuck into it."

Aviation minister Gordon Rich-Phillips made the announcement at the airfield on Friday morning. 

"Aviation is vital for Victorians living in our regions, as it connects towns and regions with essential services and enables quicker and more  convenient travel for residents," he said. 

Mr  Rich-Phillips said the fund was designed to address competitive and comparative disadvantages for regional airports. 

It also supports the development of aeronautical infrastructure and other activities at regional airport sites to improve their operational viability.

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