NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council hopes to secure funding for stage four of the Stawell Aerodrome upgrade.
Mayor Kevin Erwin said stage three work on the multi-million-dollar upgrade should be completed within the next month.
Stage three includes a new terminal building, fencing and aircraft parking.
Cr Erwin said the next stage would involve a 24-hour refuelling area.
He said it would be particularly beneficial during bushfires, with Stawell Aerodrome used as a base for fire-fighting in the region.
“During the recent fires they had to truck fuel up from Melbourne,” he said.
“The upgrade will allow people to get fuel for 24 hours, using a swipecard system.
“Anyone can call in, just like 24-hour road service.”
Cr Erwin said council was waiting to hear back from the State Government.
“We’re not sure when we’ll get a response, but we’re hoping it will be a good outcome,” he said.
Cr Erwin said upgrading the aerodrome – which also included improving the main runway and taxiway, new lights, new entry and signs and expanding the hangar – was good for the region.
“It puts our aerodrome in a good light,” he said.
“We had some good comments about it during the fires.
“People have seen a dramatic change in the aerodrome over time and no doubt it’s a lot more comfortable now.”
Cr Erwin said council had also started preliminary work to treat the runways’ surfaces.