Mount Gambier Airport

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


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Mount Gambier Airport, Wandilo South Australia 5290


Mount Gambier Airport Aerial

Mount Gambier Airport Aerial
Project Updates

Visit here for the latest updates on the project:  

11 July 2018

The $9.2M Mount Gambier Airport project will now proceed after a $3.5M funding announcement from the Building Better Regions Fund Round 2. Regional development Minister John McVeigh travelled to Mount Gambier to make the announcement with grant District Council 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. 

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Background Information

The Federal Government through the Building Betters Regions Fund Round 2 have allocated $3.51M towards the Mount Gambier Airport Redevelopment Project.

The funding partners in this project are:

Federal Government

Department of Industry Innovation and Science


South Australian Government

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure


District Council of Grant

Local Government


City of Mount Gambier

Local Government


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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.

What will the project deliver?

The scope of work for the Mount Gambier 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 meters
  • 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 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 Airport, the District Council of Grant Principle 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

Principal Office
Mount Gambier

324 Commercial Street West

PO Box 724

Mount Gambier SA 5290

Port MacDonnell
Community Complex

5 Charles Street

Port MacDonnell SA 5291