Work begins on airport development
Work started on the $69.7 million redevelopment of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport this week.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman visited Busselton on Wednesday for a sod-turning ceremony for the project, designed to lure interstate flights to benefit the region’s agriculture, wine and tourism sectors.
Mr Marmion said redevelopment of the airport would bring “great benefits” to the region and it would be “the major aviation hub in the South West”.
“The South West is one of the most important regions in terms of tourism and the commercial and economic development of WA, so this is a significant achievement for this region to actually have an international airport of this standard,” he said.
City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the project was the result of a six-year vision and works included lengthening, strengthening, and widening the existing runway to facilitate interstate flights.
Margaret-River Busselton Tourism Association chief executive Pip Close dubbed the development of the airport a “major turning point” for the region.
“The tourism industry will have the opportunity to shape the visitor experience and promote all of the wonderful things on offer here from the moment visitors touch down in Busselton,” she said.
The WA Government has yet to confirm any carriers committed to regular flights to the expanded airport.