THE state government has ticked off planning approvals for a major upgrade of the West Sale Airport.
The project includes extending and resurfacing the existing east-west runway at West Sale.
The planning scheme amendment ensures the project can be completed, but not at the expense of nearby farm land.
The amendment also ensures noise impact is minimised.
Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing yesterday announced the local planning scheme amendment, which ties in with the expansion of RAAF Base, East Sale.
The project is set to create up to 500 new jobs, and the relocation of the ADF’s flight training will inject $2 billion into the Victorian economy.
East Sale will be the new home of Defence Pilot Training, which will also utilise facilities at West Sale.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime project and an enormous opportunity for the community, which will benefit from a big jobs boost and economic injection,” Ms Shing said.
Increasing the number of defence industry personnel permanently based in the region will have positive flow-on effects for Sale’s economy and surrounds.
Victoria’s defence sector contributes up to $8 billion to the state’s economy annually, includes more than 400 businesses and directly employs around 20,000 people.
The planning scheme amendment can be viewed at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/public-inspection.