Airport Redevelopment to Unlock the Region's Potential
10 July 2018
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Barker
- Major upgrade to Mount Gambier Airport to go ahead under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund—Infrastructure Projects Stream
- The Coalition Government is investing $3.5 million in the $9.2 million project
- 136 projects will be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million
Funding for the redevelopment of Mount Gambier Airport will help unlock the region's potential as well as create a jobs bonanza for the community.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the Coalition Government will invest $3.5 million towards the redevelopment project under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.
“This is a fantastic news for Mount Gambier and the entire Limestone Coast region of South Australia,” Mr Pasin said.
“The multi-million dollar airport upgrade will have significant flow-on benefits across the region including increased tourism visitor numbers, more competitive airfares and better scheduling of air services.
“The redevelopment project will include an extension to the main runway, construction of a heavy aircraft apron and construction of a covered passenger drop off zone.
“Importantly, the project will create employment including seven jobs during construction and more than 90 ongoing jobs—which will have a significant impact on the Mount Gambier economy.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.
“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund—Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.
“It's all part of the Coalition Government's plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.
“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund - a clear indication of the Coalition Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investment stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.