Bendigo Airport redevelopment project

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The Bendigo Airport redevelopment project is delivering improved infrastructure and expanded capacity. It will bring the facility up to the standard of an airport of comparable size and regional importance. 

The project will deliver: 

  • an increase in hangar development and airport amenities (stage one 
  • a new 1600 x 30 metre runway for emergency service providers and aviation transport services (stage two) 
  • construction of a contemporary business park to accommodate opportunities for existing business expansion and new business establishment (stage three)

Stage two of the Bendigo Airport redevelopment has passed the halfway mark.

More than 260,000 cubic metres of dirt has been moved on the site and new pavement layers for the runway will soon be laid, which will provide strength for the runway to allow passenger aircraft to land. The pavement seal will then be laid and state-of-the-art lighting will be installed.

More than 75 people had been employed on the project to date, including 65 local people.

In January 2016 Council awarded BMD Constructions Pty Ltd with the $12.489M Bendigo Airport tender to deliver a new 1,600m ‘Class 3C’ runway and associated taxiway, lighting, signage and fencing infrastructure. 

Aircraft carrying up to 70 passengers will be able to land on the new runway. The redevelopment will also secure significant employment, emergency services and economic output opportunities for the region. It is expected the $15M stage two works will be complete by February 2017. 

Funding distribution for the Bendigo Airport redevelopment project

Stage one: 

  • $300,000 Victorian State Government (Regional Aviation Fund) 
  • $120,000 City of Greater Bendigo. 

Stage two: 

  • $4.7M Victorian State Government (Regional Aviation Fund) 
  • $5M City of Greater Bendigo 
  • $5M Australian Government (National Stronger Regions Fund). 

Stage three 

  • $1M City of Greater Bendigo – pending 
  • $4.8M Victorian State Government – pending. 

A water wise airport

A $966,985 State Government grant has allowed the City to complete a major water recycling project at the airport. This has included the development of a 25,000-kL water storage dam, installation of a floating wetland, mechanical water treatment plant and a reticulated third pipe irrigation system. 

The project is an example of best practice water use, enhancing the drainage works required as part of the airport redevelopment, ensuring greater protection of the runway from inclement weather and limiting the amount of pollutants downstream of the airport. 

The aim is to reduce the airport’s reliance on potable water by some 49,500kL annually as a result of the project. 

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