Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport


Environmental Review Document (ERD): Public Review

The City of Busselton is proposing to modify the existing Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport operations to allow additional aircraft types and operator types to use the airport, and change the hours of operation.

An Environmental Review Document (ERD) has been prepared by the City of Busselton in accordance with the Environmental Protection Authority procedures and is released for public review from the 3 July 2017 to 14 August 2017.  The ERD describes the proposal, examines the likely environmental effects and the proposed management procedures associated with the proposed development.

Public submissions are to be received by the EPA by 14th August 2017.  Submissions to be made at: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au

Download a copy of the ERD and Appendices.  View the full Public Notice.  

Copies of the document will be available for examination at the Busselton Library, Dunsborough Library and the State Library of Western Australia.  For hardcopies of the document contact the City of Busselton on (08) 9781 0444.

If you have any questions on how to make a submission, please ring the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority on 6145 0800.

Construction commences at Busselton-Margaret River Airport

The City of Busselton commemorated the commencement of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport Development Project with a sod turn event attended by Federal, State and neighbouring Local government representatives on Wednesday 1 February 2017.

“Today marks an exciting milestone for the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport Development Project. It is the result of 6 years of collaborative work to put in place a vision that has been shared by the Federal and State Governments, and the City of Busselton since 2010,” said City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley.

The Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport Development Project is a $69.7 million project to facilitate interstate flights to destinations including Melbourne and Sydney, and international passenger and freight opportunities to South East Asia and China.

Ertech awarded major airport contract

The City of Busselton has awarded the design and construction contract for the airside works at the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport to Western Australian based company Ertech.

The airside works will commence in early 2017 and include:

  •  the lengthening, widening and strengthening the existing runway;
  •  the construction of new apron parking bays and connecting taxiways; and
  •  new aeronautical ground lighting.

The appointment of Ertech as design and construct contractor marks an important milestone for the project and will allow the City to complete the project by late 2018 in line with State Government timelines.

More consultation for community about Airport Development

An important step in the environmental approvals process for the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport (BMRRA) Development Project has been met with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) determining the City will be required to undertake a Public Environmental Review (PER) as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process.

The PER sets out what potential environmental issues could arise from the proposed future operations on completion of the upgrades at the airport and outlines strategies to minimise and mitigate these issues.

As part of the PER the City will conduct further community consultation, building on consultation undertaken since the announcement of the project in June 2015.

Federal Government pledges $9.78 million to Airport

Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP announced a $9.78million Federal Government pre-election funding commitment to progress the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport project.

This funding will enable infrastructure necessary for international flight operations to be facilitated in the next stage of the project returning significant economies of scale and helping us future-proof our growing City.

An expanded airport capable of accommodating flights to the Eastern States as well as international destinations like Singapore, Denpasar and Kuala Lumpur will significantly lower the cost of doing business in this region. It will attract regional investment, expand the market share of local producers, encourage entrepreneurship and create employment opportunities. There will be obvious spin-offs for tourism and tourism-related industries.