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Whyalla Airport Ready for Take Off

In 2020 it was announced that the Whyalla Airport would undergo a highly anticipated upgrade of their facilities, driven by legislative changes for security at regional airports, the need for refurbishment of the existing facilities, and a substantial upgrade to the runway to accommodate increased safety for emergency personnel. The changes delivering a modern, future-proofed facility, well placed to service Whyalla and the region.

We were engaged as Head Contractor to manage the overall construction of the project, and incorporated the use of companies within the McMahon Services Group, with a heavy focus on the use of local subcontractors.

Impressively completing two weeks ahead of schedule, the scope of works included extension to the existing Whyalla Airport building by more than double, to over 1000m2, which included new departure and baggage areas, security screening, cafe, external hardstand areas and services upgrades.

Having grown from a small business ourselves we understand the importance of local industry participation and the added socio-economic value to be gained from a project delivery model that maximises input from local Small to Medium Size Enterprises, which was a strong focus for us on this project.

The construction phase of this project has used local steel and local labour and will result in ongoing local employment opportunities. I’d like to thank McMahon Services and the Federal Government for helping make this a reality, while ensuring maximum benefits for the local economy.

– Mayor Clare McLaughlin


“McMahon Services personnel were very professional and easy to work with, they were prompt with responses, and demonstrated a high level of safety throughout the project. The communication was open and transparent and the site was always clean, with any issues being dealt with immediately. We applaud the highly professional and efficient team”

– Robyn Nottle, Manager, Capital Project Delivery Whyalla Council