Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is disappointed the Liberal Government has rejected a funding application for the Bendigo Airport terminal redevelopment.
“I condemn the Liberal’s decision not to fund this project; it’s very disappointing and demonstrates just how out of touch this Federal Government is with Bendigo.”
Bendigo Airport’s existing Terminal Building has limited capacity and is unable to cater for aircraft over 30 passengers, or provide the expected customer experience and mandated aviation security environment.
“A new passenger terminal would help Bendigo provide larger services to Australia’s capital cities,” Chesters said.
The proposed redevelopment would update the terminal building and provide supporting infrastructure that meet legislated security standards as well as service and amenity standards of commercial airline operators.
“These upgrades include new departure and arrival areas, air-side food and retail outlets, airline offices, improved car parking, security equipment and more.”
“The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is supposed to fund projects that create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. If this project doesn’t satisfy them, I don’t know what will,” Chesters said.
Qantas Link announced late last year that flights between Bendigo and Sydney would commence on March 31 and it’s been reported bookings are solid for the first few months.
“Qantas flights will start to arrive at the end of the month and if demand continues to grow, the current terminal will not be up to standard.”
“For this airport to be a continuing success, we need a decent terminal,” Chesters said.
“I will be lobbying for this project to become priority.”
Modelling commissioned by the City of Greater Bendigo found the new service would inject $2.8 million into the regional economy during its first year of operation.