Our Backyard – Apollo Bay

VICTORIA’S Avalon Airport is set to become the state’s
building of a new terminal up to 10,000sq m and up to a cost of $15 million without triggering the need to do a major development plan.
The amendment had enabled the airport to avoid red tape, cutting at least two years from the time an agreement was reached with an airline to when flights could begin, Mr Giddings said.
“With this decision, we can now get on with the job of securing an international carrier and building international passenger facilities with just a local building permit required,” he said.
Mr Giddings said with the approval for an international terminal at Avalon a reality and the Victorian government’s pledge for a rail link to Avalon under way, the airport was well-placed to meet growing demand for air travel.
The state economy would also be able to capitalise on the many trade and tourism opportunities emerging in the Asian region, he said.
Mr Giddings said the decision would help Avalon become a major economic driver for the state, with its aircraft maintenance, and domestic and international capability, along with the rail, road and sea connections.
Premier Ted Baillieu said the government would welcome commonwealth support to build an Avalon rail connection.
Source: The Australian, Oct 12, 2012

Commencing international services will create about 400 jobs across a range of airport operations but many more flow-on jobs could follow with an estimated $100,000 benefit to Geelong for every international plane that lands at Avalon.
Geelong Mayor John Mitchell didn’t hold back in his praise for the decision.
“For the Geelong region, I believe this has just sent us into the stratosphere,” he said.
Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman said an international airport would generate economic activity, which would be felt throughout the region
Source: Geelong Advertiser, Oct 19, 2012

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