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Mental Giants of Busselton International Airport!

Old 16th Dec 2010, 06:59
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Grrr Mental Giants of Busselton International Airport!

Inspired by the recent moves by Qantas et al, those good men who hate aircraft noise so very much they "banned" training flights (aka the Busselton shire) have decided to expand to service "large passenger planes" for interstate and international flights!

(Ref: ABC)
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Old 16th Dec 2010, 07:50
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What a load of tripe... This means "plans" are several years away...
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Old 16th Dec 2010, 15:37
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Trying to get the jump on Maggie River Intl airport. That's where it should have gone in the first place.
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Old 17th Dec 2010, 00:08
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When I was in WA for training back then the shire banned all training aircraft from doing circuits or landing there. Since then I've never seen any aircraft at busselton airfield not even the RFDS. What did the use it for?
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Old 17th Dec 2010, 00:47
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Plenty of action here! I can just see Tricky Dickky and the other "Directors" flying those big Qantas 787s in and out of Busselton International in another couple of years.
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Old 24th Nov 2012, 00:55
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It's all happening after all!

$100m Busselton airport upgrade imminent
Gary Adshead State Political Editor, The West Australian November 24, 2012, 6:57 am
City of Busselton mayor Ian Stubbs believes a State Government commitment to spend up to $100 million expanding the tourism region's airport is imminent.

Amid rumours that Premier Colin Barnett was planning to announce the major development within days, Cr Stubbs said most of the ground work for the expansion was done.

"I've heard whispers that there will be an announcement soon," Cr Stubbs said. "Just recently - and they haven't been released yet - we've done the route destinations and a social and economic development strategy."

If the Barnett Government agrees to fund the expansion, Busselton would pursue direct flights from interstate and overseas, including Singapore and Indonesia.

The runway length would be extended from its existing 1800m to at least 2300m to accommodate bigger planes.

For more than two years the city has been working with the South West Development Commission, Tourism WA and the Department of Transport to make a business case for the proposal.

"This development would be marvellous for the South West and the State," Cr Stubbs said. "I understand that the Department of Transport is very supportive of it.

"The $80 to $100 million would include the purchase of the land, extensions to the runway and the improvements to the terminal."

Last year, Mr Barnett gave in-principle support to the expansion saying the current airport was built under a previous Liberal-National government.

"Maybe the time has finally come where you can attract direct interstate flights into the region," he said.

But a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Troy Buswell, who is also the MP for the region, said no decision on the expansion had been reached by the Government.

The Weekend West understands one sticking point might be the name of the new airport and how the drawcard of Margaret River would be included.

"I think the name Margaret River should be reflected in the airport name," Cr Stubbs said.

"But the City of Busselton, with all the work we've done over the years, isn't just going to have it called the Margaret River Regional Airport. Perhaps something like the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport."
The NIMBYs won't be happy.
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Old 24th Nov 2012, 08:38
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Before they commit taxpayer money, they need to ask the half dozen local horse owners who stopped training flights. And don't get me started on how little horses and their owners contribute to society.....
A bit off subject, but currently I am in Tasmania watching with amazement the power a few tree huggers have to stop progress in its tracks.
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Old 24th Nov 2012, 10:37
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They'll have to get that ridiculous curfew changed to be any use.No movements before 0700, correct me if I'm wrong? There are direct charter flights to various Rio sites from Busso, and the aircraft can't land to pick up before this time. The blokes on the flight love it, means a very relaxed start to the rotation
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Old 24th Nov 2012, 11:50
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Everything that happens in WA is weird !!They are not part of the real world are they?? on a global perspective they suffer from gross isolationism.
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on a global perspective they suffer from gross isolationism.
Works at times; saves us from having to share electricity with that riffraff on the east coast...
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Laguna Quays - QLD,showing the way

Thread drift - a little, but it the same concepts of International Airport development madness seem to apply.

Have a look at another exciting development in Qld, known as Laguna Quays (what ? you say).

This is a $250m development which began in early 2000s, with international airport (rough graded, yet to be built), golf course, apartments, marina etc (these are all built). The development went broke, but is now apparently reclaimed by Chinese interests.

The fact that it is too close to operate in conjunction with Proserpine airport where the Council is spending millions to upgrade seems irrelevant to the new owners.

Clearly the Chinese tourist hordes will be descending on the Proserpine area soon, perhaps unloading millions of Yuan. But even if it succeeds, I bet not one cent leaves the resort, as there is nowhere to go to within 100km! Even the Whitsundays are a long boat trip away. (ps, I forgot to mention there are lots of Wallabies and Cane Toads)
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Busselton is a little different to Laguna Quays, which is indeed in the middle of nowhere and going nowhere.
Because of its location, Busselton is ideal to offload Perth. Similar to the Gold Coast's or Sunshine Coast's proximity to Brisbane, albeit without the huge population. However in a few years the population may well rival that of the aforementioned. FIFO workers and CUBS are moving south and they tend to be of breeding age.
The fly in the ointment appears to be the Busselton anti-aviation lobby which would seem to have influence disproportionate to the rates they pay.
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Old 25th Nov 2012, 05:24
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In first world countries communities actually build first class facilities like Busselton, in the hope that it will attract buiness and therefore rate and other evenue to the town, and it does.

There is a long list of these who have lobbied, often succesfully, big companies to move their HO and manufacturing to theirs, incuding offering tax breaks, in kind and actual cash incentives. The satellite businesses they actually bring with them in addition to the boost to the locals is amazing.

With the move to the electronic age, e.g. Rio run their diggers, loaders and trucks by remote control from premises in Perth why not the Busselton area. I'd be first in the queue for the lifestyle.

Horses are very nearly as smart as people, some might argue the reverse, but given appropriate buffers, training and attention they will be fine. It's some of the owners who might need the bulk of it. In fact I know a guy in Margs who has serious aviation and equine creds who would eat it.

BTW post of the racing industry has stables literally across the road from Perth Airport.

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i'd heard it was cows, not horses, but I could be wrong...
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Old 25th Nov 2012, 11:21
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But Bussleton is now a "City" and with it comes all sorts of extra grants from the Government.
Apparently every town in the place replace Shire to City in Jan this year.

As for the airport name, call it Vasse Airport, after the Federal seat of the area, and indeed the former name of the Jetty.
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Old 25th Nov 2012, 15:48
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"The $80 to $100 million would include the purchase of the land, extensions to the runway and the improvements to the terminal."
By improve do they mean demolish? Maybe they will built a new one on the other side of the field with a shuttle bus between the GA and RPT terminal?
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Vasse Airport

Wouldn't that annoy Cape Mentelle, Pierro, Voyager et al?
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Well, its taken only 5 years or so.....

The $69.7Million expansion of Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport (BMRRA) is progressing at a rapid rate - as described in this weeks edition
'South West Seasons Magazine', June 2017......

The 'Fast Facts' describe -

Where is the airport?
The BMRRA is located 6.5 kms south east from the city centre of Busselton, off the Vasse Highway.

When will the airport be finished?
All going to plan the runway will be completed mid 2018, and the terminal by the end of 2018.

Where will I be able to fly to?
The airport will be capable of facilitating domestic and international flights to destinations such as Melbourne, Sydney, Denpasar and Singapore.

What opportunities will the development of the airport generate?
The BMRRA will generate employment and economic activity, during both its construction and operation. It will be a catalyst for investment and job growth, providing long term employment opportunities, accelerating infrastructure and housing development and strengthening the South West's economy.

The article also states "lengthening, widening and strengthening of the runway to facilitate at a minimum Code 4C jet aircraft (B737 and A320).

And,
"Due to a competitive tender environment the airside infrastructure is being upgraded to enable Code 4E (B747, A330) aircraft operations into the future."

There will be Jet A1 Fuel facility, connection to essential services, (I hope so...) and......
Development of a General Aviation Precinct.

The costings are listed as:-
$9.8M - Australian Govt's Community Development Grants program,
$45.9M - State Govt Royalties For Regions program,
$10M - from RADS,
$3.5M - City of Busselton,
$300K - South West Development Commission,
$250K - Tourism WA

So....when the 'nasty' (NIMBY) locals get all uptight about the potential noise situation, they can be told to address their concerns to the above Govt departments who supplied all the moolah, and ultimately, that is US!

The 'hard working families and taxpayers of Australia' !!

Good Stuff!

Maybe suitable as an 'alternate' for YPPH??
(Met. etc being avbl....)

Cheers

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Maybe suitable as an 'alternate' for YPPH??
Would've been handy this morning because of a failure of
Met
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AAArgh.....

A bit of simple smoke and U go nuts...

Smoke is a health hazard...??

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