Busselton Margaret River Regional Airport

City of Busselton

The Design and Constructon of Airside Infrastructure at BMMRA will allow international flights to operate from the airstrip including Boeing 787-800 and Airbus A330-200.


Fast Facts

Location: Busselton, WA

Sector: Airstrips / Airports

Contract Value: $28.3M

Start: November 2016

Completion: March 2018

Busselton Margaret River Airport Development project construction SCOPE

The contract involves the construction of more than 290,000m2 of new or upgraded pavements requiring more than 350,000 tonnes of sub-base and base-course and more than 44,000 tonnes of asphalt.

Ertech’s scope of work includes:

  • Detailed geotechnical assessment of the existing ground conditions
  • Detailed pavement and drainage design
  • Detailed aircraft lighting design
  • Extend the current runway length from 1800m to 2460m
  • Extend the runway width from the current 30m to 60m
  • Construction of new taxiways to new apron areas
  • Construction of 3 new apron areas to cater for various categories of aircraft
  • Construction of 2 new RESA areas
  • Diversion of drainage channels
  • Upgrade of fencing
  • Installation of all runway lighting and floodlighting
  • Line marking
  • Grooving


  • Ertech and its pavement consultants developed a granular alternative to the deep lift asphalt pavement. This granular alternative provided a more consistent pavement across the full width of the Code 4E runway and also reduced the risk of differential cracking at the longitudinal joints with the existing 30m wide runway. The granular overlay also raised the finished level of the runway by 50 mm providing additional protection against flooding.
  • All runway lighting was replaced with LED components, these components have a lower power consumption requirement and do not require to be replaced as frequently.
  • The runway construction sequence that was developed reduced the requirement for temporary lining which in turn meant that it was not necessary to burn off temporary lining from the new pavement. This greatly improves the appearance of the finished pavement and prevents damage to the pavement surface.

Busselton Margaret River Airport Development project construction