- Upgraded terminal and expanded runway for Busselton Airport
- Royalties for Regions investment of $45.9 million
Interstate visitors will soon be able to fly directly to Western Australia's South-West region, with the State Government today announcing the $59.7 million expansion of Busselton Regional Airport.
Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman were in Busselton to announce the new $59.7 million airport project, made possible with $45.9 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, $10 million from the Department of Transport, $3.5 million from the City of Busselton and $300,000 from the South West Development Commission.
"New infrastructure at the airport will enable new interstate airline routes, facilitating the movement of people from other States in Australia that will drive wider economic growth in the South-West," the Premier said.
"The major project will see the purchase of land, the lengthening and widening of the runway and the expansion of the car park and terminal to enable the airport to cater for direct interstate aviation services."
"This is a major investment in the South-West that will help broaden the economy and create jobs."
The Premier said in consideration of the airport's larger role and importance for the whole region, consideration would be given to a new name.
Mr Redman said the expanded airport would be a game changer for tourism in the region and he was pleased to see Royalties for Regions, through the Growing our South initiative, facilitating new economic and business opportunities in the South-West.
"The South-West is one of our premier tourism regions, with events such as the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Drug Aware Pro and Cinefest Oz supported through the State Government's Regional Events Program," Mr Redman said.
"Direct flights from the east coast will take tourism in the South-West to a new level. When the $600 million Growing our South initiative was announced in last year's State Budget, it was intended for projects such as this - major transformational projects to support a stronger economy for the southern regions."
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said due to the limitations of the current runway and terminal at the Busselton Regional Airport, flights were currently limited to intrastate routes and charter services only.
"This major project will equip the Busselton airport with aviation infrastructure to support interstate flight capabilities and improve accessibility via air to the South-West, making it easier for interstate visitors to explore the South-West region," Mr Nalder said.
The project will be managed by the City of Busselton and facilitated through the South West Development Commission.
- The airport currently caters for Code 3C aircraft (F50, F100) as regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
- Code 4C aircraft (A320, B737) are required to enable direct interstate aviation services and to comply with CASA standards, additional land is required to extend the aeronautical infrastructure
- For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700