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Merimbula Airport Terminal upgrade

Project Summary/background

An extension of the terminal is needed in order to allow a greater range of aircraft and airlines to provide services to the region, making it less dependent on the current provider.  There is a project for the extension of the runway occurring in parallel for the same reason.


This project was jointly funded by Council and a $1.2 million Grant received under the Australian Government, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Community Development Grants Programme.

Connection to Council's Community Strategic Plan

This project is connect to Council's Community Strategic Plan through Outcome 5; Goal 9; Strategy 22.

Contract Awarded

  • Construction was subject to public tender
  • Joss Constructions were awarded the contract for the Merimbula Airport terminal extension
  • Construction work on the terminal extension commenced in late March 2019 and was completed in early December 2019.

Official Opening

  • The offical opening was held on 18 December 2019.
  • The opening was officated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development The Honarable Michael McCormack MP and Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Council Councillor Kristy McBain.
  • Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan AO DSC and NSW Member for Bega The Honarable Andrew Constance MP also attended the event.

Offical Opening Media Release

Merimbula Airport New Crown Jewel for the Sapphire Coast

Accessing the South Coast of New South Wales is now much easier thanks to the completion of the Merimbula Airport terminal upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the construction of a new arrivals terminal and secure luggage holding area along with a carpark expansion had increased the airport’s passenger handling capability.

“These upgrades have improved accessibility, safety and capacity which means Merimbula Airport will now be able to service more passengers and a wider range of passenger aircraft, supporting business and tourism to this wonderful region,” Mr McCormack said.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan AO DSC said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $1.2 million investment in a key port of entry to the South Coast would attract more tourists and business to visit and spend money on the South Coast.

“An estimated 60,000 travellers will use this upgraded terminal every year, making Merimbula Airport a gateway for professional and recreational visitors to the South Coast, including specialist healthcare personnel working with the South East Regional Hospital in Bega,” Senator Molan said.

Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Councillor Kristy McBain said it’s fantastic to see the travelling public enjoying the added comfort and improved facilities the new terminal has brought.

“The airport user groups played a key role in the development of the plans and STEA Astute Architecture and Joss Constructions have done a tremendous job in turning the vision into reality,” Cr McBain said.

“We now have a modern and appealing gateway to our Shire to welcome all those travelling here by air.”

The $4.4 million upgrade was jointly funded with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government investing $1.2 million and Bega Valley Shire Council investing $3.2 million.

Australian Government logo and link to the Community DevelopmGrants Programme.

Who can I speak to:

Jenny Symons
Project Manager
Bega Valley Shire Council

Phone: (02) 6499 2222


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