City applies for Federal funding to upgrade Airport terminal

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The City of Greater Bendigo has applied for Federal Government funding to upgrade and extend the existing Bendigo Airport terminal building.

An application for $4.448M to the Building Better Regions Fund was lodged in December 2017. The overall project cost is estimated to be $9.98M

The project will deliver new passenger terminal facilities, including arrivals hall, baggage pick up, check in counters, public concourse, departure lounge, retail and food business opportunities, administration office and business hub/conference room, car parking and extension of utilities, which would also support the development of a future business park on site.

Essential security requirements would also be met, including the installation of 3D checked baggage and carry-on baggage screening.

City Chief Executive Officer Craig Niemann said expanding the terminal building was a logical next step for the development of the Bendigo Airport precinct.

“Following the opening of our new 1,600m runway, it became clear that our focus needed to be on expanding the terminal building to ensure it could properly cater for airline services and expected passenger numbers,” Mr Niemann said.

“Our discussions with commercial airlines have been positive, so improved connectivity to the region is essential to meet their expectations, create a comfortable passenger experience, and support ongoing demand for interstate business and leisure travel, both incoming and outgoing.

“This project is identified in the Creating the world’s most liveable community investment prospectus we recently produced. The City is proud of the partnerships it has formed with State and Federal governments to deliver large scale infrastructure projects in the past, and we are hopeful our application will be given serious consideration.”

The City completed the development of a new 1,600m Code 3C runway in May 2017. The project also delivered associated taxiways, signage, lighting and fencing infrastructure.

The terminal building expansion project is estimated to generate up to 39 direct and indirect local jobs and once it is operating is expected to support 45 local jobs.

The City will contribute $1M and will advocate for State Government funding of $4.5M.

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