Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence - Opening of National Aviation Centre for Cadets

Release details

Release type

Related ministers and contacts

The Hon Darren Chester MP

Assistant Minister for Defence

Media contact
  • Brie Colley (Mr Chester’s office) (02) 6277 4029
  • James Cannon (Tribunal) 0433 884 238
  • Defence Media (02) 6127 1999

Release content

12 April 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence the Hon Darren Chester MP today officially opened the Australian Air Force Cadets National Aviation Centre at Bathurst.

The Royal Australian Air Force has overseen the $5 million project at Bathurst Aerodrome. Bathurst will become home to a National Aviation Centre for 7100 young Australian Air Force Cadet (AAFC).

“The facility will make aviation training more accessible for Cadets from around Australia,” Mr Chester said.

“It will be used by Cadets aged between 13 and 20 years-of-age who will travel from all over Australia to participate in weekend and school holiday aviation camps in Bathurst.

“Bathurst was chosen as the home for the AAFC’s dedicated National Aviation Centre for its uncongested airspace, whilst remaining close to Sydney which will provide easy access for Cadets from around Australia.”

The facility will have accommodation for up to 80 cadets and 20 staff at any one time. The building will include classrooms, living accommodation, kitchen facilities, and a separate hangar to house aircraft.

The official opening also showcased the first of 19 new gliders which have been purchased by Air Force for the AAFC.

Media note:

Images will be available at:

Media contact:

Chloe Petch (Darren Chester’s Office) (02) 6277 4029

Kellee Rollston (Air Force) 0477 377 517 or

Other related releases