The driver for this, to replace the previous Master Plan developed in 2009 (also by our company), was Council’s objective to facilitate and support economic and community development through the provision of appropriate infrastructure and services.
The underlying premise was to further develop commercial opportunities for existing airport tenants and users, and also to attract new business and investment. This may include upgrading of the airport to accommodate larger aircraft, increased support for critical emergency services users, flying school operations, the possible introduction of regional airline services or other aeronautical activity. Council also wished to explore the utilisation of the surrounding airport land to potentially develop an Events Precinct that would service some of the existing tenant functions.
The airport currently supports general aviation (GA), aerial work, charter, fire-fighting, air ambulance, instructional flying, search and rescue, recreational flying, courier services and corporate charter. Other uses of the land include grazing, agricultural research, motor sports (karting and drag racing), clay and pistol shooting, and the East Gippsland Field Days annual agricultural show, all of which are considered important community uses. The Master Plan provides a framework in which each of these aviation and non-aviation uses can grow appropriately, while at the same time providing for the infrastructure upgrades required to support the possible introduction of airline services.