Business & Economy > Cross Regional Development & Opportunities

Transport, Logistics & Service Hub

Airport

Recently upgraded, the Geraldton Airport's fully functioning passenger airport meets Federal security requirements for domestic jet airline operations to A320 size. Daily services are scheduled to other regional airports, as well as Perth, and flights have now extended top Denpasar, via Port Headland.

Planning and design are in process for a new airstrip, taxiway and apron development, to accommodate for passenger and freight aircraft up to B787. Preliminary work has commenced towards potential establishment of Geraldton airport as an international gateway airport, for anticipated growth in low cost carrier passenger traffic into the State, and evolution as an alternative in-coming freight airport for the West coast, with major road and rail connections to Perth – and outgoing airfreight to the Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and Africa.

Geraldton poses as a significant potential fly in fly out service hub for the Pilbara. A 2011 survey indicated that more than 50% of Geraldton businesses surveyed already complete some work in the Pilbara in industries such as construction, mining, logistics, professional services, industrial services and training and employment. In addition to this, 80% of Geraldton businesses and 69% of Pilbara businesses surveyed believe that Geraldton has a strong future as a FIFO employee and service hub. 

Geraldton Port

The Geraldton Port Authority boasts a growing sea port, expanding to cope with rapid growth in commodity export trade – and already the largest wheat export port in the State.

Oakajee Deepwater Port, Rail and Industry Precinct

The Oakajee Port & Rail and Industry Precinct is considered one of Western Australia’s most important infrastructure developments. This commodities export port, 20km North of Geraldton, will be linked to some of the Mid West’s largest mine sites and agricultural regions through common user rail infrastructure. The port element of the project is expected to be complete in 2015.

International Relations

Sister City Economic & Cultural Development Advisory Committee

A policy has been developed by the City to provide goals, objectives, selection criteria, and process management of Sister City relationships. This policy guides the Sister City Economic & Cultural Development Advisory Committee in making decisions with regards to international city relationships. For a copy of the policy, contact the City of Greater Geraldton.

WA Regional Cities Alliance

The cities of Albany, Bunbury, Greater Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder outline the case for a strategic approach to regional development within Western Australia through the WA Regional Cities Alliance. While making the case for decentralisation of future population growth away from the Perth Metropolitan Area, their priority is strategic investment in the infrastructure of regional cities.