Aerodrome History

Benalla Aerodrome Works

Below is a historical list of works and key dates related to the Benalla Aerodrome

Note:  *** indicates estimated date
SGC – State Gliding Center
Aeropark – Gliding Club onsite accommodation
BRCC – Benalla Rural City Council
GCV – Gliding Club of Victoria
SES – State Emergency Services
PSM – Per Square Meter (unit of measurement by BRCC for hangar lease base charges)

Year – 1975

19th August 1975 GCV plans forming to start building State Gliding Center Clubhouse Source#1 (GCV 34th Annual Report)

Year – 1976

14th July 1976 BARC Army Huts ownership transferred to Council by Department of Administrative Services Source#1 (Benalla Ensign Article)
14th July 1976 Costs of running aerodrome (still need to read article) Source#1 (14-4-1976 Benalla Ensign)

Year – 1992

3rd July 1992 Benalla Aerodrome became a Council asset under a deed between Council and the Commonwealth of Australia Source#1 (Benalla Council Airport Master Plan Pg3)
alternate
Hangar Draft Lease (2017)

 

Year – 2012

12th January 2012 $210,000 state funding to BRCC for airport drainage, electrical & apron upgrades / improvements Source#1 alternate
Source#2
Source#3
11th April 2012 Minister for Aviation (Gordon Rich-Phillips) attends Benalla Airport to announce $210,000 funding  
June 2012 GCV contribute $3,000 + $2,500 “in kind”  to BRCC – Drainage /  Asphalt extension Source: refer email “$3,000 payment to BRCC” 9/6/14

Year – 2013

27th August 2013 GCV Pay $3,000 to BRCC for Drainage / Asphalt extension Source: Refer email “Payment” 27-5-15
*** Mid 2013 BRCC – Refurbish existing terminal building / toilets (budget $20,000) Source: Email – “Benalla Airport Infrastructure Upgrade grant” 16-6-2012
Source: BRCC – Annual Report 2013-2014 Page 31
2013 -2014(FY) BRCC – Receive $99,000 in funding for Airport Master Plan Source: BRCC – Annual Report 2013-2014 Page 4 & 6
***2013 -2014 Council halt issuing of new hangar leases in preparation for Master Plan  

Year – 2014

***2013 -2014 Council halt issuing of new hangar leases in preparation for Master Plan  
21st February 2014 BRCC’s drainage design works for airport nearing completion Refer Benalla Airport Advisory Committee Minutes 21-02-2014
21st February 2014 BRCC advises that “track design” (perimeter track) underway Refer Benalla Airport Advisory Committee Minutes 21-02-2014
21st February 2014 BRCC advised intention to update tenure & ownership records Refer Benalla Airport Advisory Committee Minutes 21-02-2014
28/29 June 2014 Master Plan – Planning session (Airport users engage in planning day with BRCC)  
*** July 2014 Benalla Aeroclub Fuel Bowser Installed Refer Email “FW: Airport Advisory Committee meeting agenda” 30/7/2014
1st August 2014 First Draft Review – Master Plan Refer emails
July 2014 BRCC report Gliding Club average annual spend with local business $850,000 Source: Benalla_Business_and_Tourism_Growth_Strategy Report   Pg 38 Pgph 2
***Late 2014 Ambulance Shelter Constructed on Airport Apron (commonly referred to “giraffe enclosure”)  
September 2014 Council applies for further Funding “$20 million Regional Aviation Fund.” refer email “Fwd: Benalla Airport” 23-3-15
***October 2014 BRCC begins Taxiway & Drainage works last row on hangars  
3/11/2014 GCV Informs BRCC drainage / Taxiway works unsuitable for aircraft Refer Email “Taxiway between hangars” 3/11/2014
***November 2014 BRCC lays road-base & asphalt from taxiway entrance to Hangar 10  
26-Nov-14 Some sort of Meeting re-Master Plan feedback & Aeropark?  
*** December 2014 Water retardation basin works started North West corner aerodrome (behind SES office)  

Year – 2015

February 2015 Flashing Lights on vehicles mandated by BRCC Refer email “Uncontrolled Access to Aircraft Movement Areas”
March 2015 Tug Hangar Signage changed from “Vic” to “Victoria” Refer email “Benalla Airport Advisory Committee 29 May 2015”
***June 2015 New Signage throughout town (including front of airport)  
***September 2015 Retardation Basin works hit core services in ground  Refer Benalla Airport Advisory Committee Minutes (Friday 16 October 2015)
***October 2015 Amenities Block at Eastern End of Runway – Cancelled by BRCC Refer Email ??
16th October 2015 BRCC applied for $500,000 State Funding (for: fencing, extension runway, refueling area, ashphalt apron)  Refer Benalla Airport Advisory Committee Minutes (Friday 16 October 2015)
7th December 2015 $715,252 Funding Grant from Federal Awarded to BRCC for Airport Refer Email: “FW: Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund – Benalla Airport” – 8-12-15
7th December 2015 Council will contribute further $215,000 to $715,252 Grant Refer Benalla ensign – 09-12-15 & Airport Master Plan
2015/2016 Council estimate World Gliding Championships will inject $7 – $9 Million into local economy Source: Annual Report 2015-2016 Pg7  

Year – 2016

1-Jan-2016 Council Received $500,000 Funding from State Govt Refer Email – “FW: State funding received – Regional Infrastructure Fund” 14-01-16
16th March 2016 Council Proposes $10/$20psm Hangar Rates Refer “Planning & Development Committee” Agenda 16-03-2016
14th April 2016 Benalla Airport Leases – Briefing Session (Town hall meeting between BRCC & Hangar Owners) Source: Letter “Benalla Airport Leases” from Greg Robertson 31-03-2016
Source: Planning and Development Committee – Agenda 15-06-2016 Pg13
05th May2016 BRCC Meet with Beck Legal to explore alternative approaches to lease. First mention of GCV taking on head lessee role Source: Planning and Development Committee – Agenda 15-06-2016 Pg14
12th May2016 Heritage listing granted to BARC Huts Refer “Heritage Council Decision” – 19-05-2016
15th June 2016 Council report “The cost for work with legal advisers to date has been met from the Council’s legal budget.” Source: Planning and Development Committee – Agenda 15-06-2016 Pg19
15th June 2016 Council reports Stage 1 lease development will include State Gliding Center & Airside Leases Source: Planning and Development Committee – Agenda 15-06-2016 Pg13
15th June 2016 Council Planning and Development Committee approve draft lease development with $5/m2 plus GST & Fire Services levy Source: Planning and Development Committee – Agenda 15-06-2016 Pg19
24th June 2016 Council acknowledges a significant glider operations (30,000 flights per year) are conducted at the Benalla Airport Source: Council Municipal Emergency Management Plan Pg19
24th August 2016 BRCC contribute $1,725 to GCV for hangar floor upgrade Source: Minutes Finance and Operations Committee Pg5
24th August 2016 BRCC offers to reduce BPAC hire fee from $12,746 to $10,000 ($2,746 subsidy) for Gliding Championships Source: Minutes Finance and Operations Committee Pg5
***September 2016 Council set prices for hangars to $5psm +GST & Fire Services Levy  Find – Council Minutes with this
9th September 2016 Council reports “leases should be done on the air-side first and land-side second”  
9th September 2016 Council report that Aeropark land not agreed to between A.P & BRCC therefore holding up SGC Lease  
12th September 2016 Airport fence & gate upgrade tender awarded Refer “Airport Advisory Committee 9 September 2016 Minutes”
12th September 2016 Phase 1 – drainage works completed. Refer “Airport Advisory Committee 9 September 2016 Minutes”
19th September 2016 V.Schilling Meeting with S.Driscoll re hangar leases Refer “Airport Advisory Committee 9 September 2016 Minutes”
12th October 2016 Apron Hard Stand started  
***12th October 2016 Fence Installed – Gate remains open  
***November 2016 Apron  Hard Stand Finished  

Year – 2017

8th January 2017 Jaclyn Symes MP – Press release – WGC2017 to inject $5.5Million in Benalla Economy Source#1
8th January 2017 Jaclyn Symes MP – Press release – WGC2017 to attract 15,000 people to Benalla Source#1
***February 2017 Fuel Facility works started?  
April 2017 Runway Extension works started on 08L (Eastern end)  
24 May 2017 BRCC “…approve the draft lease document for offer..”
…reaffirm $5PSM & endorse a $2 development fee…” 
 Source#1 
(Media-Agenda-Planning-and-Development-Committee-27-September-2017_Redacted.pdf pg188)
July 2017 New Fuel Facility Commissioned   
1st August 2017 BRCC send lease documents sent to GCV, response requested by 25th August  
12th September 2017 BRCC meets with GCV representatives to discuss hangar lease issue  Source#1 
11th October 2017 BRCC pays for and publishes mis-information article about GCV in local paper  Source#1 
11th October 2017 BRCC acknowledges that the GCV owns 2 x huts adjacent to the aeropark complex  Source#1 
11th October 2017 BRCC publish cost of Grass Runway Extn, Apron Hardstand re-surfacing, 100m Boundary Fence  Source#1 
25th October 2017 BRCC Meeting Resolves to close airport gate on the 27th November 2017 Source#1 (pg 5, Planning & Development Committee 25-10-17)
Source#2