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Fraser Coast Airport Renewal Project

Project Overview

The refurbishment of the Hervey Bay Airport runway and airfield lighting is now underway. These works are vital to the airport’s infrastructure, ensuring the Airport continues to meet required national design and safety standards.With regular flights to and from the Hervey Bay Airport to Brisbane, Sydney and local tourism destinations carrying (approximately) 180,000 passengers a year, it’s vital the Airport continues to meet service standards for residents and visitors of the Fraser Coast.

Project Update (23/12/20)

Christmas works shutdown 18/12/20 - returning 4/1/21

All works have now finished for 2020. There will be some hydroseed watering during the Christmas and New Year period, with works due to recommence 4 January 2021.

The final grooving has been delayed due to mechanical issues and at this stage will be recommencing 15 January 2021. Line marking will occur upon completion of the grooving (approximately 30 January 2021).

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Airport Renewal Project Update No.8 – 23/12/20

Christmas works shutdown 18/12/20 – returning 4/1/21

Airport Renewal Project Update No.7 – Tuesday 24/11/20

Major works finished – Grooving works to start next week.

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  • Tender Process

    Tenders closed 5:00pm, 29 November 2019. The tender report was considered by Council in February 2020. (*Updated February 2020)

  • Project Pre-Planning (with Contractors)

    March 2020 - June 2020

  • Site establishment and set up

    July 2020

  • Stage 1 - Lighting and works preparations

    End of July 2020 - 6 Weeks of lighting and preparation work. Majority day works, with some night works to minimise impacts to flights. * subject to change dependent delays out of the control of Council. (*Updated July 2020)

  • Asphalt plant set up

    Late August 2020

  • Stage 2 - Runway Pavement and Taxiway Renewal (*due to commence - after lighting works)

    *Updated - September 2020 - October 2020 - overlaying the runway pavement and rejuvenating the taxiway. Majority night works - to minimise impact on residents & visitors in relation to flights. *subject to any delays

  • Grooving (after the asphalt has set)

    *Updated TBC December 2020 - January 2021

Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) undertook a runway assessment of its Hervey Bay Airport facility in November 2014, as part of its Airport masterplanning initiative. The investigation and report was compiled by GHD and presented to Council in December 2014.

Conclusions from the report indicated that the runway was approaching its useful life expectancy and deterioration was as per the predicted wear-rate. However, increased traffic from medium passenger jets could increase the rate or wear and decrease the predicted life span.

Council has elected to undertake a runway overlay to increase the useful life of the runway and taxiways with a 20-year horizon. Council is Tender submissions for the as-designed works that are specified in the tender documentation.

The project is to be delivered in four (4) separable portions:

SP1 – HML lighting to the RPT apron, conduit works and cabling

SP2 – Runway 11/29 overlay works, turning nodes, taxiway works, RPT apron upgrades, AGL upgrades other than SP1 works

SP3 – Avion Airside Development taxiway and interconnections

SP4 – General Aviation infills to aprons and taxiways


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