Whyalla Airport terminal upgrade takes off
01 August 2014
Joint release with:
SA Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
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.