In 2008 Mildura Rural City Council made the conscientious decision to appoint an independent board and management team to operate Mildura Airport. This decision has been commended by the Aviation community as Mildura Airport was awarded joint winner of the Australian Airports Association “Airport of the Year” award for 2013. This recognition supports Mildura Airport’s vision for the future, and recognises Mildura Airport as being one of the most progressive and innovative airport facilities in Australia.
Mildura Airport has recently completed a massive redevelopment of its airport terminal and is the busiest regional airport in Victoria in regard to passenger movements, in excess of 209 000 passengers during the 2013 financial year. Mildura Airport has a long term strategy in place to stimulate and support the growth of the economy of the surrounding districts, and continually improve the services offered.
Mildura is a major base for both business and tourism interests and we are proud to promote the district and available services to support economic growth in the area. We are passionate about finding innovative ways to achieve sustainable passenger growth which will benefit local businesses and the community as a whole. The redevelopment of the terminal is an example of planning for current needs and also allowing for future adaption to support a growing community.
We are committed to a partnership approach to developing and working cooperatively with local businesses and airlines. In addition to regular passenger airline operations, there is a thriving general aviation sector on the airport, as well as three flying schools, charter operations and various other businesses.
Mildura Airport is actively involved in the local community and invites everyone to come and experience the facilities and utilise the services on offer.
Mildura Airport conducts monthly board meetings, attended by a council representative observer, to discuss and focus on continually improving the operation of the airport. A collaborative approach is used to define and utilise all opportunities to improve and develop the airport for current and future users.
Peter O’Donnell B.Ec Commerce
Peter has been a certified practising accountant for 18 years and is the Executive Director of Southern Cross Farms. Previously he founded and was a Director of Southern Cross Business Advisers where he still acts as a consultant.
He is Co-Founder of Kokoda Youth Mentoring Programme and junior coach of basketball, football and cricket teams.
Peter is Chairperson of the Mildura Airport Pty Ltd, a board member of MASP for 7 years, a member of the Sacred Heart Parish Council, a life member of the Mildura Settlers Cricket Club and the Workers Basketball Club, and spent 15 years on the finance committee of the Mildura Special School. He has expertise in accounting and finance as well as strategic and business planning.
Graeme Martin B.Ec.Hons
Graeme is a director and partner of Grange Advisors providing specialist business services. He also provides Executive Officer Services to Southern & Hills Local Government Association. This is a regional subsidiary under the SA Local Government Act and consists of 6 Council members around the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
Graeme is a past Chairman of the Sunraysia Mallee Economic Development Board, a past member of; MADEC Audit Committee, Mildura Tourism Board, Mallee Family Care Board/Audit Committee, La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board (Mildura) and Kangaroo Island Commissioners Economic Growth Board and is presently a director of Mildura Airport Pty Ltd. and Chair of the Mildura Airport Audit Committee.
Ashley Kilroy FAICD
Ashley is a former Qantas Executive, with over 45 years Aviation experience in Airlines and Airports including Senior Executive roles in Commercial, Airport Management and Regional Airlines.
Ashley has been a director of Mildura Airport Pty Ltd since 2010 and is Chairman of Aviation Australia Pty Ltd and Director of Queensland Airports Ltd.
Kay is a practising commercial and family lawyer with over thirty years experience and is a Consultant with Martin Irwin and Richards Lawyers.
Kay is Chair of Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and outgoing Chair of Chaffey Aged Care Inc. She is past Chair of Mildura Base Hospital and her former directorships include Lower Murray Water and the Citrus Marketing Board. Kay was President of the Merbein Primary School committee for several years and is a former president of the North West Law Society. She is a graduate of and current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen is an accomplished executive leader with an extensive management career that spans operational and safety positions in the aviation industry for the last 30 years. During that time Stephen was also the international chairman of the global aviation safety committee representing the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and the regional chairman for the CANSO Asia Pacific region. In these roles he developed global and regional relationships that brought people together to implement global civil aviation safety actions. His extensive experience in the aviation industry has provided him with great insight into technology advancement, change management and innovation strategies and programs. Stephen is also a qualified IECL coach and has a specific interest in developing confident and effective leaders, while strengthening team and organisational capability.
Brooke brings 15 years of experience as an adviser across government, business and aviation in strategy, operations, financial investment as well as stakeholder and government engagement and policy development.
Brooke has had non-executive director experience in the aviation industry and is currently an associate director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service South East Section. Brooke holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brooke also brings has more than a decade of experience as an aviator where she was an F-111 navigator in the Air Force.