On Monday Tony Pasin, Member for Barker, joined with members of the Mount Gambier Airport Stakeholders Group to progress development of an application to the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Mr Pasin said that the BBRF was designed to back projects that create further investment in the community.

“The electorate of Barker has already benefitted from Round One, with over $7.7 million delivered toward 11 projects across the two streams. Applications for Round Two are now open and close on 19 December 2017,” Mr Pasin said.

“The Mount Gambier Airport is a key strategic asset for the Limestone Coast community and a redevelopment would benefit business, tourism and residents in the region.”

“As a long-time supporter of ongoing development and improvement at the airport I have been extremely pleased to provide my support to the District Council of Grant throughout this process,” Mr Pasin said.

“This project is a truly regional initiative with the Stakeholder Group including representatives of the City of Mount Gambier, Wattle Range Council, Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast Local Government Association.”

“I particularly commend the District Council of Grant on the leadership they have shown in uniting all interested parties.”

Mr Pasin said that the lengthening of the existing runway and strengthening of the aprons, as well as expansion and upgrade of the existing terminal will strengthen our tourism and business sectors and will also provide benefits to the community more generally.

“It is important that we all contribute to and throw our support behind this significant regional initiative,” said Mr Pasin.


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