Airport delay concerns finance minister

AUSTRALIAN Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said he was disappointed the state government had delayed completion of the Busselton Margaret River Airport, during a visit to the region last week. Mr Cormann said the federal government always looked for ways to support the regions and provided funding for important infrastructure.

“It is always disappointing when a state government does not follow through on the projects that we support with substantial investment,” he said.

Forrest MP Nola Marino said the federal government had put nearly $10 million into the project to make the airport international freight standard.

“To see the state government then refusing to fund the actual terminal for both incoming passengers and the freight side of things is particularly disappointing from our point of view,” she said.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said they noted some potential for freight charter from the airport.

Source: Augusta Margaret River Mail.