Other options if Qantas come

Farmer offers council food for thought
PHOTO: Emma Hillier
Rural City of Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke has been the representative for council in talks on the Qantas Group Pilot Academy bid.

A TRANSPORTATION of agricultural and horticultural products to South East Asia countries could be an option if Wangaratta was to gain the Qantas Group Pilot Academy, according to a local producer.

Moyhu beef farmer David Evans told council last week that if Wangaratta and potentially three other airports in the region were successful in its bid for the academy, perishable food products could be exported overseas from the area.

“If the facilities that are being provided for a training school are upgraded and made better it would create opportunities for the quick transport of produce, for example cherries,” he said.

Four councils, Wangaratta, Federation, Berrigan and Moira have put up a joint venture option to Qantas, even though they have made individual applications to also host the pilot school on their own.

Qantas has advertised that the pilot training school would take in 100 students from 2019, increasing to 500 enrolments in years to come.

Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke said each council has different sized airports and at a recent meeting to discuss the partnership the topic of exporting fresh food to South East Asia was discussed.

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