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Sale air show to get flying start for Gippsland in 2022 by Wellington Shire Council

An event that would give chance to reconnection of former air force colleagues, attract visitors that would also give boost to the economy.

By news@gippsland - 26th May 2021 - Back to News

Wellington Shire Council is seeking to hold an airshow in 2022, to showcase the aviation capability and heritage in Wellington and celebrate the regions long history with the Royal Australian Air Force.

West Sale Airshow 2022 is an event that will provide a significant economic boost and will also be marketed as a Return to Sale for those who have trained or worked at the East Sale base over the years, offering them a chance to reconnect with former colleagues

West Sale Airshow 2022 is an event that will provide a significant economic boost and will also be marketed as a Return to Sale for those who have trained or worked at the East Sale base over the years, offering them a chance to reconnect with former colleagues

Boosting the economy

Expressions of interest are being sought from qualified event organisers to deliver the West Sale Airshow 2022, to be held across the ANZAC weekend, which will also mark the centenary of the RAAF and create a base for an ongoing hallmark event for the region.

Event to benefit the shire

The airshow, to be held at West Sale Airport, would provide a significant economic boost for Wellington as it emerges from the impacts of drought, bushfire and Covid-19. It is predicted to attract in excess of 5,000 paying visitors across four days.

"This event will create flow-on benefits for local tourism, accommodation, hospitality and retail operators and its also hoped it will spur further investment in West Sale Airport," Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said.

Chance to reconnect

Cr Stephens also added, "The event also puts Wellington in the national spotlight, exposing us to a vast audience who might chose to visit the show in years to come." The RAAF has expressed a willingness to support the event with static aircraft displays as well as flyovers, including planes not usually seen in Gippsland.

The event will also be marketed as a Return to Sale for those who have trained or worked at the East Sale base over the years, offering them a chance to reconnect with former colleagues and show loved ones around Sale. Sale RSL will act as a hub for all returning RAAF workers. Tours of RAAF Base East Sale may also be conducted for returning personnel.

Highlight major and local aviation businesses

The airshow also hopes to secure a display by the RAAF rescue helicopter, a bomb-disposal robot and water-bombing aircraft. A trade show will highlight major and local aviation businesses. Initial discussions have been held with the Maffra Motoring Museum about a display of the regions significant motoring heritage.

Expressions of Interest must be delivered by 5pm Friday 4 June via email at ashleys@wellington.vic.gov.au. For all enquiries, please contact Ashley Smirl on 03 5142 3268 or via email at ashleys@wellington.vic.gov.au.

Pictures from Wellington Shire Council Facebook page.


Source: www.gippsland.com

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