Mount Gambier Regional Airport

Mount Gambier Regional Airport Redevelopment Project - A Federal, State and Local Government Initiative

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Mount Gambier Airport, Wandilo South Australia 5290

Mount Gambier Regional Airport Aerial

Mount Gambier Regional Airport Aerial

Project Updates

Newsletter June 2019

Council Assessment Panel Gives Green Light to Airport Development

Visit here for the latest updates on the project:

11 July 2018

The $9.2M Mount Gambier Regional Airport project will now proceed after a $3.5M funding announcement from the Building Better Regions Fund Round 2. Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, the Hon Dr John McVeigh, MP, travelled to Mount Gambier to make the announcement with District Council of Grant Mayor Richard Sage, City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee and Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin, MP.

15 November 2018

Council has awarded a $239,500 contract to Ashley Halliday Architects for the design of the airport terminal. Four consultants were invited to submit tenders, and Ashley Halliday represented the best option for Council. They have experience in the Kangaroo Island Terminal, which was one of 12 finalists in the World Architecture Festival transport Award.

09 May 2019

Construction has commenced on the $9.2M Mount Gambier Regional Airport Upgrade project with Heenan Earthworks, the lead contractor for the runway and heavy apron beginning on site.

Heenan Earthworks were successful in their tender for the civil works which includes a 120 metre asphalt extension to runway 18/36 and construction of a heavy aircraft apron; with both projects scheduled for completion October 2019.

Project Type


Background Information

The Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund is supporting the Mount Gambier Regional Airport Upgrade with a grant of $3.51M.

The funding partners in this project are:

Australia Government

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities


South Australian Government

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure


District Council of Grant

Local Government


City of Mount Gambier

Local Government


Total Project


Planning and development for this project has been undertaken in collaboration with various government agencies and in consultation with business and industry over many years. A redeveloped airport for the Limestone Coast Region is therefore well recognised and supported.  Planning, concept design, civil works and building activities for both airside and landside projects are planned to be completed by December 2020.

Airport Project
What will the project deliver?

The scope of work for the Mount Gambier Regional Airport Redevelopment will be delivered over one continuous stage between 2018-2020 with outputs for both airside and landside activities.

Airside Outputs:

  • Lengthened main runway by 120 meters to 1644 metres
  • Grooving of runway
  • Heavy Aircraft Apron
  • New lighting to include three new floodlight towers, seven new floodlights and fifteen taxiway centre lights
  • New edging and turning node at runway extension
  • Recalibrated GPS approach

Landside Outputs

  • Extended and upgraded terminal building
  • 20kwh solar system
  • Covered passenger drop off zone
  • New road pavement
  • New paving
  • Modified signage
  • Landscaping
  • Security Fencing
  • External Lighting
What are the benefits of this project going ahead?

The Mount Gamier Regional Airport Project will provide:

  • An opportunity to cater for larger aircraft and future air freight
  • A catalyst to unlock the potential of the Limestone Coast Region
  • Critical air transport infrastructure for emergency services
  • Transport efficiencies
  • Economic growth through tourism markets

A timeline for this project is yet to be announced, however the project is due to be completed by December 2020.

Design Concepts and Public Comment

A wide range of public and stakeholder engagement process will be undertaken throughout the course of this project which will include government agencies, local residents, community groups and peak industry bodies.

Methods will include:

  • Project information updates on the Councils website
  • Comment and feedback links to Councils online feedback form
  • Visual display at the Mount Gambier Regional Airport, the District Council of Grant Principal office at 324 Commercial Street West, The Port MacDonnell Community Complex and public spaces
  • Media releases regarding projects works or significant milestones
  • Project communications materials such as fact sheets
  • Project signage
  • Meetings and updates with stakeholders
  • Social media updates on Councils and Mount Gambier Airport Facebook page

Council encourage you to visit this page to keep updated on Airport Redevelopment Project and comment can be made via Councils Feedback Page.

Link to Key Documents

District Council of Grant Annual Budget 2018-19

District Council of Grant Strategic Management Plan 2016-2020

Airport Master Plan 2016-2026