Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Whyalla Airport terminal upgrade takes off

Media Release

WT135/2014

01 August 2014

Joint release with:

Geoff Brock

SA Minister for Regional Development and Local Government

Rowan Ramsey

Federal Member for Grey

Travellers flying in and out of Whyalla now have better passenger facilities following the completion of a $2.9 million upgrade of the Whyalla Airport Terminal.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $300,000 to the upgrade and the South Australian Government another $600,000.

“The upgrade of this terminal has been a long time coming for the people of Whyalla as well as for the region more generally,” Mr Truss said.

“With a recent increase in passenger numbers due to the growth and development of mining in the Spencer Gulf region, the need for an upgrade has never been greater.

“The Australian Government is committed to meeting the infrastructure needs of South Australia, with $2 billion allocated to projects in the state through our Infrastructure Investment Programme.”

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the upgrade has doubled the size of the terminal and involved an extension of the passenger lounge and developing a business traveller's area.

“Increasingly South Australia looks to the regions to develop mineral resources and Whyalla is the natural service centre for these heavy industries,” Mr Ramsey said.

“Having improved services to the Eyre traveling public is to be welcomed and this upgrade has greatly improved the airport environment for everyone flying in and out of Whyalla.”

South Australian Minister for Regional Development and Local Government Geoff Brock said 30 jobs were created during the construction of the terminal, with four ongoing jobs created after its completion.

“This airport is set to play an important role in the future growth and development of the town of Whyalla,” Mr Brock said.

“With this new upgrade, Whyalla airport will continue to be significant regional gateway for years to come.”

The Whyalla City Council also contributed $2 million to the Whyalla Airport Terminal Upgrade which began construction in August 2013.