Update September 2011

Update - September 2011

The City of Busselton has secured close to $390,000 toward essential upgrades at the Busselton Regional Airport.  The funding has been allocated through the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS), 2011-2012.

The allocation, which must be matched with a dollar-for-dollar contribution by the City of Busselton, will be directed toward critical upgrades including the temporary expansion of the passenger terminal to allow for the introduction of passenger and baggage screening.  With the commencement of regular Fly-In-Fly-Out services at the Busselton Regional Airport, the City of Busselton was required to introduce security screening by June 2012 in order to comply with Federal Government policy. This grant will assist with off-setting these costs.

This funding will also be directed toward resealing a portion of the existing runway and apron; sealing the helipad; upgrading drainage; and installing security fencing at the airport.

The City of Busselton made an allocation in its 2011-2012 draft budget to part-fund these crucial works and in doing so is able to meet the grant allocation conditions. The City of Busselton can now proceed with the implementation process and begin the transformation of the airport into a more functional air-transport facility for the South West.

The City of Busselton would like to thank the Minister for Transport, Mr Troy Buswell MLA, for his ongoing commitment to expanding critical transport networks, particularly here in the South West.

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Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Busselton Airport Terminal Expansion formed the basis of another Royalties for Regions funding application for $2.8 million. The outcome of this application should be known by October-November 2011.

This stage of the Airport project will see the upgrade of infrastructure in order to meet legislative requirements under the Aviation Security Act and Federal Government (Department Infrastructure and Transport) Aviation White Policy to allow these services and other RPT services and FIFO operations to continue.

In summary, the scope of this stage of the project to meet the legislative and infrastructure requirements includes the following elements:

  • interim expansion of passenger terminal facilities to accommodate F50 RPT operations;
  • provision of passenger security screening by 30 June 2012;
  • development and implementation of a Transport Security Program which will require further security measures including fencing of the airside/landside boundary;
  • expansion of car parking facilities;
  • provision of a Jet A1 fuel facility;
  • Route Destination and Economic Feasibility Report
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