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Busselton Margaret River Airport Expansion, WA

Busselton Margaret River Airport Expansion, WA


Engaged by the South West Development Commission in partnership with the City of Busselton, RPS’ Economics team has prepared research for a redevelopment business case for Busselton Regional Airport (now known as the Busselton Margaret River Airport).


The study included comprehensive economic, social, industry and governance assessment of various different redevelopment options in line with State and Federal Government requirements; critical information in the process of determining a preferred approach.

After presenting the findings and recommendations to the stakeholder reference group of senior Local and State Government representatives, our analysis has directly contributed to the commitment of $60 million in funding for the project by the Western Australian State Government in 2015.

With plans for redevelopment now in place, our team was subsequently engaged by the City of Busselton, South West Development Commission and Regional Development Australia – South West to undertake an evaluation of the Airport’s air freight potential and the broader socio-economic impacts of a proposed Stage 2A expansion to allow for international flights. The evaluation included three separate but interrelated parts:

  1. assessment of the potential demand for local air freight services within the South West

  2. analysis of the socio-economic challenges within the South West region’s communities, and

  3. ​identification and assessment of the expected impact of international air freight capacity on local communities and businesses in order to determine the project’s likely impact on disadvantage in the region.

​Engaging with local producers and agencies, RPS worked to determine the capacity for local produce to be exported from the region via air freight. This research is informing future actions and strategies to position the region while maximising the positive socio-economic impacts of the Airport expansion.

Our work has also been used to secure $10 million in Commonwealth funding towards the redevelopment, with the stage two freight strategy analysis completed by our team helping to address challenges and constraints to implementation in consultation with freight providers such as Toll.

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