The construction of an international terminal at Avalon Airport in Victoria will see it become the state’s second international airport by the end of 2018.
The project will have significant economic and social benefits for regional Victoria through increased tourism, new employment opportunities, and improved access to international flights.
The Victorian Government said the construction of the international terminal is expected to cost more than $20 million and create about 230 jobs.
Most of these will be ongoing and some are to be reserved for ex-car manufacturing workers.
Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll, said, “We will always put local jobs first. That means working with Avalon Airport to create new jobs and open up new opportunities for ex-auto workers.”
Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, said, “This is good news for jobs and good news for Geelong businesses who’ll benefit from having an international airport on their doorstep.”
The Victorian Government has also invested $1.5 million in infrastructure works at the new industrial precinct at Avalon, which will be home to 750 new jobs, including Cotton On Group’s purpose-built distribution centre.