$9.9m aerodrome upgrade heads big East Gippy spend
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$9.9m aerodrome upgrade heads big East Gippy spend

East Gippsland has received $28 million in the Black Summer Bushfire Grants announced today with many key projects funded, including a $9.9 million upgrade to the Bairnsdale Aerodrome.

Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said among other things, this will enable larger planes to land to assist with emergency services in times of need, promote tourism and open the options for an air service to the region.

“Originally, we were told we were to receive $4.5 million under the funding model, but having objected to this, along with my Federal colleague Darren Chester, we are delighted to get close to $29 million – which we should as the most impacted region in Victoria, and I thank Darren for his advocacy.

“Of course, not every application has been funded and we will work with those who missed out, overall this is an incredible result for the region,” he said.

Funded projects:

• Bairnsdale Airport Runway Upgrade $9,962,715
• Construction of the Gippsland Agricultural Recovery and Resilience Centre $984,650
• Mallacoota Bowling Club Community Hub $85,000
• Mallacoota Emergency Services Facility $2,570,000
• Omeo Golf Club Upgrade Project $128,780
• Mallacoota Mudbrick Pavilion Upgrade $493,628
• Twin Rivers Community Hub / Men's Shed Association Building Project $150,000
• Raymond Island Community Hall Extension $146,800
• Mallacoota & District Tool Library Project $124,899
• Cann River- Mick Baum Park Skate Park Redevelopment $561,000
• Swifts Creek Community Hall Upgrade $878,040
• East Gippsland Timber Milling Project $520,560
• Operation Phoenix - The rebuild of the Mallacoota Gun Club - Stage 2 $276,277
• Mount Taylor Mountain Bike Park Skills Park and Facilities Improvements $360,030
• Omeo Recreation Reserve Netball & Tennis Court Upgrade $659,000
• Bemm River Footpath Development $1,027,253
• Orbost Tennis Club/Community Hub $324,266
• Swifts Creek Bush Nurse Centre Recovery $158,126
• Emergency Telecommunications Installation in Remote Tamboon $209,195
• Creating a vibrant community hub - upgrading Lake Tyers Beach Hall. $400,000
• Club Terrace Community Facility Project $751,250
• Miva Miva accessible cottages for the frail impacted by the bushfires $2,150,000
• The Buchan Caves Hotel Emergency Generator $73,888
• Emergency Telecommunications Installation in Remote Bundara Valley $202,056

Funded programs:

• East Gippsland Hub for Learners $420,500
• Outward Bound Snowy River Base Camp and ‘Recalibrate’ Program Development $443,375
• Internally Displaced People: 2019-20 Bushfires, an iterative analysis $671,872
• Claim the Past - Recover the Future $1,051,951
• Embedding resilience in community fire response $299,524
• East Gippsland Community Bus Project $89,236
• After the fires: Supporting communities to recover and build resilience $570,864
• Connection breeds resilience - farmers breakfast and workshops $32,000
• Pottery/Sculpture Open Art Studio Space $43,091
• Safe, Healthy and Resilient Communities – Emergency Preparedness $448,912
• Development of a Community Bushfire Defence and Response Facility $91,283
• Community-led recovery & resilience through music in Far East Gippsland $456,480
• Music Changes Lives for the Better: Building Community Sense of Belonging $318,546

Caption: State Nationals MP is delighted with the $9.9m upgrade to the Bairnsdale Aerodrome and the funding of a host of other projects and programs.

Monday, February 14, 2022