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Published on : Monday, February 18, 2013
Benalla in Victoria is in the race to host the next World Gliding Championships
after the Victorian Coalition Government recently announced funding to improve
the town’s airfield.
Victoria Aviation Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said the Gliding Federation of
Australia had announced Benalla would be put forward as the location in its bid to
bring the 34th World Gliding Championships to Australia.
News of the bid comes just weeks after the Coalition Government announced
$210,000 to improve airfield facilities.
“The world championships are the highest level of competition for this exhilarating
sport and will attract the sports elite from around the globe,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“The funding we are providing will deliver infrastructure improvements that will
be a key component of Australia’s bid.”
Mr Rich-Phillips said as home to the state’s gliding community and the Victorian
Gliding Club, Benalla would be an excellent choice for the world championships.
“Our investment in Benalla’s aerodrome will put Australia in a strong position to
vie for the rights to hold the world championships,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said securing the championships would bring great
benefits to the wider regional economy.
“Benalla is not only home to one of the oldest aero clubs in the country, it is also a
fantastic base to explore the north-east’s great food and wine regions and the many
outdoor adventure activities on offer,” Dr Sykes said.
“If we are successful, the event will be a boon for our accommodation, hospitality
and retail businesses, attracting scores of visitors from around Australia and
The location of the 2016 World Championships will be announced at the end of
The championships were last held in Australia in 2001 when they were hosted by
the town of Gawler in South Australia. The event has been held every two years
since it first began in Switzerland in 1948.