AN upgrade to the terminal building at Stawell Aerodrome is nearing completion.
Northern Grampians Shire chief executive Justine Linley said construction should be finished by December.
“It’s close to completion and there are just the final bits and pieces to finish,” she said.
The upgrade involves restoring an old building.
Mrs Linley said completion of the building was timely, with the summer fire season approaching.
“We know that we will have good on-site services, not just for people involved in fly-in-fly-out and other commercial businesses, but also for our fire-fighting services,” she said.
Mrs Linley said the terminal building was the aerodrome’s ‘missing link’.
“We wanted a good building for pilots and visitors to Stawell,” she said.
“We needed a welcoming space and to make sure people were not waiting around in a car or standing out in the open.
“It is a level of comfort that people expect and deserve.”
Mrs Linley said the $3.5-million upgrade was long overdue.
“The building will be our own hidden gem at the aerodrome,” she said.
Previous work has included reconstructing a runway, new lighting, fencing and a new taxi way.
The aerodrome is already a base for fire-fighting aircraft and the air ambulance.