Published on 03 August 2017

City of Busselton Welcomes Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

The City of Busselton was honoured to host a visit by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday. The Prime Ministers visit included a brief on the Busselton-Margaret River Airport development project and the federal funding component, as well as concerns that the State Government’s Value Optimisation Review could include options that negate the potential region building elements of the project.  Local exporters and producers spoke of the value in market building, while tourism sector stakeholders and neighbouring local government representatives reiterated the regional importance of the project in its full scope.

Federal member for Forrest Nola Marino, who arranged the visit, and the City of Busselton hosted an afternoon tea for community and emergency services volunteers where the Prime Minister was welcomed as the first dignitary to attend the newly completed City of Busselton Civic and Administration Centre.  School, indigenous and community leaders were amongst those to heartily welcome the PM to Busselton.

A tour of the foreshore rounded out the visit where Mr Turnbull unexpectedly announced the City had been successful in a grant funding bid of $1.5 million toward completion of the foreshore project. The project, which has been a work in progress for 7 years, has seen $44 million in state and local funding deliver the precinct to the community.  This federal funding will ensure the project is completed to the vision established by the community developed masterplan.  The PM, a railway enthusiast, particularly enjoyed viewing the Busselton Jetty train and the historic Ballarat engine.

The PM departed Busselton airport for Perth and talks with the Premier after a very productive afternoon.

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with Key Goal Area City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan: 

Key Goal Area 1:  Community – A friendly , safe and inclusive community with a strong community spirit. Key Goal Area 2: Places and Spaces – Planning strategies that foster the development of healthy neighbourhoods that meet our needs as we grow.

Key Goal Area 5: Transport - Public transport services that meet the needs of the community. 


Photo: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; Member for Forrest - Nola Marino MP; Mayor Grant Henley; CEO Mike Archer; Director Community and Commercial Services Naomi Searle; and Greg Walsh, V & V Walsh, Bunbury


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