The $2.2 million redevelopment of the Corryong Airport Precinct is underway and is expected to be completed prior to summer.

The project will see the airport expand its operations through the upgrade of facilities and relocation of Forest Fire Management Victoria’s airbase at Avondale to Corryong.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gill Metz, said: “The relocation of DELWP’s firefighting and suppression activities from the grass airfield at Avondale to the updated facilities at Corryong will provide long-term benefit for our emergency response activities.”

“Corryong is a strategic priority site for bushfire response and planned burning operations, and is part of a state-wide airbase modernisation programme,” Ms Metz said.

“These works will streamline operations, and include a new multi-purpose building that will be shared with Towong Shire Council.

“From a firefighting perspective the benefits of the infrastructure include easier retardant storage, mixing and loading, and improved aircraft movement with an extended taxiway, air strip lighting and larger hanger.

“The project is a great example of government agencies working with the community to build critical infrastructure.”

Towong Shire Council Mayor Cr David Wortmann, said: “The Corryong Airport Precinct is currently under-utilised, with restrictions on night-time landings and inadequate infrastructure for future development, and these works will help address these limitations.”

“It also provides opportunities for local producers to expand their markets and to the local High Country tourism industry to grow new fly-in and air-based activities,” Cr Wortmann said.

Local company Q1 Constructions Pty Ltd has commenced works onsite with the project expected to be completed by October.

The project is funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning ($1.6 million), Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund ($530,000) and the Towong Shire Council.