Airport upgrade to fuel region’s growth
Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport will receive a new refuelling facility after Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport Jim Chown announced almost $300,000 in State funding to improve airport infrastructure.
During a visit this week, Mr Chown said the $264,659 grant was part of the $1.8 million of Regional Airports Development Scheme funding allocated to the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport during the past eight years.
Mr Chown said the funding would help build a jet refuelling facility, opening the South West to regular passenger transportation from interstate locations.
“Without fuel you can’t fly and if they’re coming long distances carrying excess fuel to get back without refuelling, it’s very inefficient and makes the fare cost more,” he said.
“The money from RADS gives it the ability to enhance tourism ... making this airport a very significant airport for the South West.”
City of Busselton chief executive Mike Archer said there was no other jet refuelling facility in the South West and the upgrade would also benefit fire and emergency services.
“Having a jet (A1) fuel facility will provide emergency services with an on-site fuel supply and alleviate the need for fuel trucks and jet fuel being transported from Perth,” he said.
Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said the funding also supported the regular operation of the airport and would support flights from the Eastern States in the future.
“While what we’ve got coming up in 2018 is going to be a real game-changer for this region, what we currently have here is a piece of important transport infrastructure which pays dividends,” she said.
Mrs Mettam said the RADS funding contributed to the larger expansion scheme, expected to be completed and ready for interstate flights by late 2018.
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