Council chips in for regional airport
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.