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Warracknabeal & Hopetoun Take Flight

Warracknabeal and Hopetoun aerodromes have welcomed infrastructure upgrades that will allow Yarriambiack Shire’s agricultural businesses to soar.

Upgrades included the installation of new runway lighting, weather monitoring windsocks and runway markers, and were undertaken due to both air facilities not meeting current Civil Aviation Safety Authority Standards.

As one of Victoria’s main regions for grain production and handling, the shire’s agricultural industry rely on the two aerodromes for critical aerial agricultural services.

Shire Mayor Graeme Massey told Flow FM why.

The upgrades will ensure both aerodromes continue servicing the Flow regions of Hopetoun, Murtoa, Rupanyup and Warracknabeal long into the future.

Minister for Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green said the upgrades will also benefit more than the agriculture industry.

“The upgrades at Warracknabeal and Hopetoun airports will provide critical services to local aviation agribusinesses, emergency service organisations, and aero clubs in the Yarriambiack Shire,” she said.

Agricultural services, emergency and alternate landing operations, freight and charter services, and aviation training services are all possible at the two aerodromes.

Mayor Massey also mentioned the possibility of smaller passenger or commercial flights running from Yarriambiack Shire’s two aerodromes.

The installation of new weather stations will also allow the latest meteorological information to be transmitted by the Bureau of Meteorology website at ten-minute intervals.

Victoria’s Bureau of Meteorology Regional Director Tarini Casinader commented on the installation, saying “we are delighted to have worked with the Yarriambiack Council to provide a new weather observation station at Warracknabeal Aerodrome.”

The data collected will provide valuable weather information for the local farmers as well as agricultural and aviation businesses.

Image Source – Paul Carracher