March 8, 2013  |  Member's statement

Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition

On Sunday, 3 March, I attended the 2013 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition at Avalon Airport. This event has become a highlight of Victoria’s major events calendar, thrilling crowds each year with spectacular flying displays. But this event is so much more than an exhibition. It is one of the most highly regarded defence, aerospace and aviation networking events in the Asia-Pacific region. An economic analysis of the 2011 Airshow found it had contributed $150 million to the state’s economy and supported 1700 full-time jobs. In 2011, a crowd of almost 200 000 people, many from interstate and overseas, visited the six-day exhibition. Given the weather over the weekend, I expect the recent crowds would have exceeded that number.

It was recently announced that the government has secured the International Airshow at Avalon Airport until 2025, an announcement that is good not just for our tourism sector but also the 6000 Victorians employed in our defence and aerospace industries. I look forward to seeing the Airshow at Avalon Airport promoting our aerospace, aviation and defence industries for many years to come.