Harvey Shire Supports Busselton-Margaret River Airport Marketing Fund

Published on 11 August 2017

The City of Busselton is seeking support from its regional neighbours for its newly established future marketing fund for the Busselton-Margaret River Airport (BMRA).  The Fund will assist in the attraction and retention of airlines to service the east coast to southwest route.

First to formally recognise the regional importance of such a Fund is the Shire of Harvey.  In its letter to the City pledging financial support Chief Executive Officer, Michael Parker said “that Harvey Council recognises the potential opportunities it will bring to the South West.  Whilst it may take time, we see significant potential benefits for horticulture, dairy and meat processors if the movement of freight can be secured through Busselton.  We trust that our support will help to demonstrate the regional nature of the BMRA project”.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said “the redeveloped Busselton-Margaret River Airport would play a key role in driving significant regional economic growth and provide expansive social benefits. It will bolster our regional tourism industry and presents significant opportunity for airfreight cargo.  It is no secret that the region is renowned for its high quality produce and is a substantial contributor to Western Australia’s export figures.  

Mayor Grant Henley further advised “The Busselton-Margaret River Airport is poised to transform the South West region and I would like to thank the Shire of Harvey for its financial commitment.

Our regional tourism partners are also on-board with the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association pledging $100,000 and in-principle support from Australian’s South West to the marketing fund.  

Working together as a Region will ensure the success of this Project”.

Outcomes and objectives outlined in this statement align with Key Goal Area 4 in the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2017): An economy that is diverse, resilient and prosperous.

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Media enquiries can be directed to julie.rawlings@busselton.wa.gov.au