A re-elected Turnbull-Joyce Government will help drive jobs and growth in the South West by investing in the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport. Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said a re-elected Coalition Government would invest $9.78 million to expand the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport. “The expansion of the Busselton–Margaret River Regional Airport is essential for the long term development of the South West region, and I am delighted to see federal investment that will underpin the international potential of this critical asset,” Mrs Marino said. “It is a truly regional project that has support from across the South West which will provide access to Asian markets for our great South West produce and tourism experiences.” Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash acknowledged the job creating potential of this project and the passionate advocacy of the Member for Forrest. “The Busselton airport is another example of the Coalition Government’s unrelenting focus on jobs and growth in regional Western Australia,” Minister Nash said. “Nola is a passionate advocate for the whole South West and she has driven this commitment.
“The Coalition has opened up new markets through key trade deals and this commitment builds on this previous success, which gives local growers and dairy farmers like Nola confidence for the future.”
“As Minister for Regional Development I aim to help build the kinds of regional, rural and remote communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to. Key transport and new jobs are a big part of that,” said Minister Nash. Last year the BMMRA received a $56 million cash injection from the Western Australian State Government and a $3.5 million commitment from the City of Busselton to expand the airport so it can provide direct interstate flights. “This airport has the potential to open up markets in Asia for our high quality food and wine, which enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and safety. It also creates future potential for direct flights for incoming tourists,” Mrs Marino said.