Regional Development Minister Don Punch has welcomed the commencement of a business case for further development of a new terminal and associated infrastructure for the Busselton Margaret River Airport, marking another step forward in planning for the South West asset.
Following a procurement process, the City of Busselton has engaged consultant KPMG to carry out the business case work.
The focus of the work will be on the long-term demand and asset sustainability of the airport, in particular, the passenger terminal and supporting infrastructure.
The business case will incorporate key input studies that have already been completed or are currently being carried out by the City of Busselton.
These include a full review and update of the Busselton Margaret River Airport Master Plan, Market Analysis and Aviation Strategy, Terminal Concept Design, and Asset and Financial Management Framework.
The business case is jointly funded by South West Development Commission (SWDC) and City of Busselton, and also supported by contributions from other South West local governments, due to the regional importance of the airport.
The SWDC is chairing the working group for the business case, which comprises representatives from all levels of Government.
It is expected that the consultant’s work will be finalised by the end of March 2024, and will provide a robust case for determining an investment decision for a new terminal by potential funding partners including the State and Federal Governments.
The State Government has provided significant support towards the development of the Busselton Margaret River Airport, leading to the securing of Melbourne and Sydney routes.