Coun­cil chips in for re­gional air­port

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

HAR­VEY Shire Coun­cil has agreed to con­trib­ute $2000 a year over five years to the pro­posed Bus­sel­ton Mar­garet River Re­gional Air­port, which could ben­e­fit the en­tire South West.

Last Tues­day the coun­cil ap­proved the five-year con­tri­bu­tion to the project’s Air­port Mar­ket­ing Fund.

Pay­ments will start from next year be­cause it was too late to be in­cluded in this year’s bud­get.

Shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said an air­port in the South West would have ben­e­fits for the en­tire re­gion as an al­ter­na­tive pas­sen­ger ser­vice to Perth.

The mar­ket­ing fund was cre­ated to se­cure di­rect in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional flights into the South West with the City of Bus­sel­ton com­mit­ting $3.5 mil­lion over five years and the Mar­garet River-Bus­sel­ton Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion $100,000 over two years.

Dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing, the ben­e­fits for tak­ing freight out of Bus­sel­ton were dis­cussed.

Deputy shire pres­i­dent Paul Beech raised a con­cern about the ben­e­fits from the air­port flow­ing to the Mar­garet River and Bus­sel­ton ar­eas and not the whole South West.

How­ever, a con­di­tion of the ap­proval is that the mar­ket­ing for the air­port is to in­cor­po­rate the whole re­gion, in­clud­ing Har­vey.

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