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 community drop in sessions for stakeholders to discuss the project. The date, time and location of the sessions will be advised in the coming weeks. (*Updated Feb 2020)

Council will also write to residents and stakeholders again once the outcome of the tender process is known with more information. (*Update Feb 2020 - Council is in the process of writing to residents and stakeholders to update them on the outcome of the tender process and update in relation to timeframes).

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:

(*Updated Feb 2020) Council considered the report on the tenders received in February 2020. Council resolved to accept the tender from Fulton Hogan with the project to be delivered in four stages over the next nine months.


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 and additional funding will be allocated within the 2020/21 budget to complete the project.

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.

(*Updated Feb 2020) The first stage of the project will improve lighting with the work expected to start within weeks and be completed by May. The subsequent stages are being done concurrently, and will involve reconstructing the runway pavement, rejuvenating the taxiway to the terminal used by daily commercial flights, and creating connectivity with the Avion precinct.

(*Updated Feb 2020) The total works will be delivered over the next nine months, subject to any delays. The first stage will involve a lighting upgrade expected to start in the coming weeks. 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 subsequent stages are being done concurrently, and will involve overlaying the runway pavement and rejuvenating the taxiway and aprons. 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-4:30pm

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