Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters at Bendigo Airport.

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has denounced the federal government’s decision to reject a funding application for Bendigo Airport.

The proposed redevelopment would have updated the terminal building and provided supporting infrastructure.

“These upgrades include new departure and arrival areas, airside food and retail outlets, airline offices, improved car parking, security equipment and more,” Ms Chesters said.

Bendigo Airport’s second stage of redevelopment included a new 1600 metre runway, new taxiways, runway lighting and line-marking and control system upgrades. Nearly $15 million of federal, state and local government money was spent on the upgrade.

QantasLink will commence its much-anticipated Bendigo to Sydney route from March 31.

It’s 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turboprop aircraft will be used to operate the service, with morning flights from Bendigo to Sydney on Monday to Saturday and afternoon flights from Sydney to Bendigo on Sunday to Friday.

Ms Chesters highlighted her disappointment in Bendigo not receiving money from the Building Better Regions Fund, particularly given the current terminal has capacity to seat only 30 of the 50 who will fly the route.

“I thought it was a no-brainer, a given,” Ms Chesters said.

“Now that this hasn’t been funded, when parliament resumes in April, I will be asking why and campaigning really hard to see the funding flow for this project,” she said.

Current regulations dictate that passengers or their baggage do not require screening, but it is likely they will be screened when they arrive at Sydney Airport.

– NICHOLAS NAKOS