Fraser Coast Airport Runway Renewal

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Fraser Coast Airport Renewal Project 2019/2020

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Council is committed to minimising impacts to the community, businesses and airport services. All works will be monitored closely by Council and the project management company with regular communication with stakeholders and nearby residents and businesses.

Residents and Stakeholders are encouraged to register through this project page to keep up to date with the details of the project, meetings and any other relevant information prior to the works commencing. This page will also remain open during the works as a resource for community members and stakeholders to keep up to date during the project.

To ensure that residents, airport lessees and other stakeholders are adequately informed, Council will be holding a community meeting for stakeholders to discuss the project. The date, time and location of the meeting will be advised once Council’s tender decision is made later this year.

Council will also write to residents and stakeholders again once the outcome of the tender process is known with more information.

If this is your first time using Council’s Engagement Hub, please click on the register button (or to create an account. When prompted, create a username and password of your choice and provide a valid email address. Please also choose Airport Renewal Project – so we know you are interested in the Airport project specifically.

If you have already registered and wish to be included in project updates, please update your preferences by following this link:

Council expects to consider the report on the tenders received during November and December 2019. This timeframe will depend on the number of submissions to be assessed through our procurement process.

Should Council be successful in securing a suitable contractor for the project, it is expected that works will commence in either December 2019/ January 2020. As mentioned above, this is dependent on the outcome of the tender process.

These works are vital to the airport’s infrastructure, so that the Airport continues to meet the required national design and safety standards for the continued service to residents and visitors of the Fraser Coast.

With regular flights to and from the Hervey Bay Airport to Brisbane, Sydney and local tourism destinations carrying more than 180,000 passengers a year, it’s vital the Airport continues to meet necessary design and safety standards.

The Hervey Bay Airport runway and lighting renewal is the single biggest capital works project in Council’s 2019/20 budget with $14m allocated this financial year for this important work.

The last major upgrade of the Hervey Bay Airport was almost 15 years ago when the runway was lengthened to allow for the introduction of jet services to Sydney, with an external review finding a runway and lighting renewal is now needed.

Should Council be successful in securing a suitable contractor for the project, it is expected that works will commence in either December 2019/ January 2020. This is dependent on the outcome of the tender process.

The work will be undertaken in two key stages. The first stage will involve a lighting upgrade expected to start over the December 2019/ January 2020 period. The works will take about six weeks, however it should be noted that these dates are subject to change dependent on weather and other delays out of the control of Council. The majority of this work will be done during the day, with some night works to minimise impacts to flights.

The second stage, which will involve overlaying the runway pavement and rejuvenating the taxiway and aprons, will start in March 2020. The works will take almost three months, subject to any delays, as mentioned above. The majority of this work, on the runway, taxiway and aprons, will have to occur at night, to avoid disruption to flights and minimise impact on residents and visitors in relation to commercial passenger flights.

No disruptions to Sydney or Brisbane flights are expected as a result of the runway and lighting works. However, normal flight delays can occur for many reasons e.g. delays caused by flights leaving Sydney or Brisbane later than scheduled. Passengers should contact their airlines directly with any queries on flight times, either during the project or at any other time.

Council does not envisage any road closures for the duration of the project, but there will be an increase in traffic around the airport vicinity during the second stage of the works.

Traffic to and from the Airport will not be affected during daylight hours and during normal flight times. The main body of work is to be done during the night when no flights are scheduled.

Council has taken several measures to ensure that noise and dust are kept to a minimum during the project. The majority of the works will be done at night to minimise disruption to the community and the main areas of work are well away from residential zones. 


To contact Council about this project please email via - please advise in the subject of your email that you are enquirying about the Airport Renewal Project.

If the matter is urgent, Council advises to call Council directly on 1300 79 49 29 during business hours – 8:15am-5:00pm

If there is an urgent issue after hours, please contact the external Project Management company on: 0433 349 132