Larger planes and more passengers will be accommodated at Mount Gambier airport with a further $1.1 million provide for a major upgrade. The commitment brings the total state investment in the airport up to $4 million.
The upgrades will enable direct jet services from Mount Gambier to Melbourne and Sydney.
The initiative includes works associated with runway extension and strengthening, as well as upgrades to the apron (where aircraft are parked, boarded, and refuelled).
New taxiways are also being constructed, and nearby Airport Road will be realigned so the airport can accommodate passenger jets up to 100 seats.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the further upgrade would be a boon for South Australia’s tourism economy.
“The upgrade is great news for the Limestone Coast - it’s a region with enormous tourism potential,” he said.
“From Blue Lake to Naracoorte Caves, the region is absolutely incredible - to say nothing of the famous Coonawarra wine region.
“The airport is also the region’s fire-bombing and Royal Flying Doctor Service base - which are absolutely vital to the forestry industry across the region.”
The funding is subject to a successful Building Better Regions Fund application and appropriate funding from adjacent councils.