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Kangaroo Island airport upgrade gets a green light

10 December 2015

View of Kangaroo Island airport runway

The Federal Government will match State Government funding for the much-needed $18 million upgrade of the Kangaroo Island airport.

The upgrade was identified as a high priority economic infrastructure project in the Premier’s January 2014 OurJobs Plan. In October 2015 the State Government committed $9 million to fund half of the project.

The upgrade - to be complete in 2017 - will extend the runway by almost 700 metres and strengthen it to cater for larger passenger planes, as well as upgrade the terminal. It will support about 25 jobs during construction.

Enabling larger planes of up to 100 seats to use the airport will further unlock the state’s tourism potential. The expansion is forecast to generate almost $30 million dollars for the local economy in the four years after it opens and support almost 200 ongoing local jobs.

The recently appointed Kangaroo Island Commissioner Wendy Campana said it was a tremendous outcome for the local community and businesses.

“This upgrade will not only boost tourism, it will also enable fresh seafood, eggs and other local KI produce to go directly to Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.

More than $171 million of projects are planned or in the process of receiving State Government approval on the Island, including a 200-room resort and marina in American River and a 70-room accommodation facility at the proposed golf course.