Cobden is a rural township centrally located within Corangamite Shire in Victoria. It is located 12 km from the Princes Highway in Camperdown, 50 km west of Colac and 200 km south-west of Melbourne.
The Cobden Aerodrome (YCDE) supports the operation of commercial rotary and fixed wing aircraft including aeromedical, emergency rescue, bushfire fighting, aerial agriculture, flight training and charter operators such as Air Ambulance Victoria, Rohan Flying Services, Border Air, Sharp Aviation and various flight training operators from Melbourne and regional areas.
It is the only council-owned aerodrome within the Shire and provides an avenue for multi-use aviation services. The aerodrome supports the greater community by providing connectivity, access to emergency rescue and bush firefighting services and supporting economic growth in a diverse and vibrant Shire.
The purpose of the master plan is to establish a framework for the future planning and development of Cobden Aerodrome to ensure the Corangamite Shire achieves its strategic objectives to certify and protect the aerodrome. The master plan is intended to establish the basis for more detailed studies of design, infrastructure planning, and land use planning required.
After extensive consultation with the local community, aviation stakeholders and regulatory authorities, a pragmatic plan was developed that provides for incremental enhancements of aeronautical infrastructure according to future demand.
At its meeting on 26 October 2021, Corangamite Shire Council adopted the Cobden Aerodrome Master Plan and endorsed proceeding to prepare a Planning Scheme amendment to provide reference to the Cobden Aerodrome Master Plan and OLS, and update local policy.