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Victoria will be home to a second, curfew free international Airport – creating more than 200 jobs, growing our international exports and boosting the visitor economy thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll joined Minister for Tourism and Member for Lara John Eren to announce Air Asia will fly twice daily between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur, with flights expected by the end of 2018.
The game-changing project will see up to 220,000 international passengers land in Avalon each year, opening up Geelong and the Great Ocean Road to even more international visitors.
Construction of the terminal will create an additional 33 jobs and once complete, it will be capable of exporting 14 tonnes of Victorian fresh produce every day – cementing Victoria’s position as the nation’s food & fibre export hub.
This project will have significant economic and social benefits for regional Victoria through increased tourism, new employment opportunities, and improved access to international flights.
The Labor Government has been steadfast in its support for Avalon – helping secure Jetstar’s future at the airport and investing $1.5 million in infrastructure works at the new industrial precinct, which will eventually be home to 750 new jobs, including Cotton On Group’s purpose-built distribution centre.
The Government is investing to make regional Victoria an even more attractive place for visitors, including ongoing support for the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, which attracts 200,000 visitors to the region.
We’re also improving the visitor experience along the Great Ocean Road, investing in the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan and protecting and promoting our indigenous cultural heritage at Budj Bim.
Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll
“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.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“This is a big day for Avalon and a game changer for regional Victoria. We’re proud to support this project that will bring more international visitors to our state and see more quality produce exported to the world stage.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Member for Lara John Eren
“Since Labor saved Avalon it’s gone from strength to strength. We’re so proud to have secured the first ever international service for Avalon – attracting thousands more visitors and bringing more business to our region.”
Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens
“This is good news for jobs and good news for Geelong businesses who’ll benefit from having an international airport on their doorstep.”
This article first appeared on www.premier.vic.gov.au
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