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  • Airport Renewal Project Update - 16/10/20

    Majority of works to be completed in days - not weeks 

    The last of the runway asphalt works is scheduled to finish over this weekend, with plant demobilisation to happen over the next two weeks. The plant demobilisation is scheduled to take place during the day. (weather permitting etc)

    Grooving Works

    The final grooving works are schedule to occur in either early December or mid January - taking approximately two weeks (weather permitting). The asphalt needs to cure for eight weeks before the grooving can take place. Council will update stakeholders closer to the time.

    Please visit the project page for more detailed information on the project:

    https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/fraser-coast-airport-renewal-project

    If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project please do not hesitate to contact the Project Team:

    The next update will occur when there is more information about the start of the grooving works.

    Council would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued patience while this important work has been carried out.

     

    Kind Regards,

    Community Development and Engagement (on behalf of the Airport Project Team)

    Fraser Coast Regional Council

    T| 1300 79 49 29   E| enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

  • Airport Renewal Project Update - 09/10/20

    Firstly apologies for the delay in this update, however we have some good news.

    Majority of works will be completed within weeks

    The Fraser Coast Airport Runway Renewal Project will be finished within weeks, four months ahead of schedule. The works will be complete by early November, except for the final grooving which will occur in mid-January 2021 - taking approximately two weeks (weather permitting). The asphalt needs to cure for eight weeks before the grooving can take place.

    We acknowledge this has been a difficult time for local residents and our airport stakeholders. Your understanding and patience has been appreciated. This important work is necessary to ensure our airport continues to meet required national design and safety standards.

    Why have we been able to finish sooner than expected?

    The contractor has an onsite batching plant that can produce 300 tonnes of asphalt an hour, allowing two paving machines and crews to operate at once.

    We apologise for the noise produced from these works, which occur at night to avoid disruption to flights. The night works have been necessary to minimise disruption to the airport during the day.  For example, our airport is one of the busiest for the Royal Flying Doctors so we just couldn’t shut the airport for the duration of works.

    Video of Works

    Please find a link below to a video showing some of the work that has been happening at the Airport. The video shows a typical shift, laying the wearing course which has now been completed.

    Video Link: https://youtu.be/5gSADYNIDR8

    Please visit the project page for more detailed information on the project:

    https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/fraser-coast-airport-renewal-project

    If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project please do not hesitate to contact the Project Team:

                                   

    The next update will be Friday 16 October

    Thank you for your continued patience while this important work is carried out.

    Kind Regards,

    Community Development and Engagement (on behalf of the Airport Project Team)

    Fraser Coast Regional Council

    T| 1300 79 49 29   E| enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

  • Airport Renewal Project Update - 04/09/20

    Project Update No. 3

    Project Updates

    Please note the following high level program:

    Lighting Works

    • The Airport Ground Lighting (AGL) trenching for the pit and duct work continues and should be completed in this fortnight

    Runway, Taxiway and Apron Works

    • Apron works continue
    • General Aviation infills to commence
    • The Runway works continue – with runway texturing and corrector course to start

    Avion Taxiway

    • Avion Taxiway excavation and pavement construction continues – with excavation almost complete (accept for drainage).

    Project Elements

    For those who may not have seen the high-level project elements – we have included them this week for your information – this information can also be found on the project page:

    Photos of Works Completed

    Some photos of the works conducted so far are included for your information below:

     

    Please visit the project page for more detailed information on the project:

    https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/fraser-coast-airport-renewal-project  

     

    If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project please do not hesitate to contact the Project Team:

    The next update will be Friday 18 September.

    Thank you for your continued patience while this important work is carried out.

     

    Kind Regards,

    Community Development and Engagement (on behalf of the Airport Project Team)

    Fraser Coast Regional Council

    T| 1300 79 49 29   E| enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

  • Airport Renewal Project Update - 7/8/20

    Fraser Coast Airport Renewal Takes Off

    Fact Sheets and Letters to Residents

    Council wrote to residents in the vicinity of the airport and airport stakeholders in July. This information has also been put into fact sheets and uploaded to the project page for the community and stakeholders.

    Project Updates:

    Site Establishment Phase

    • Site establishment - complete
    • The Asphalt plant is in the process of being installed and will start running within the next week to be calibrated before it will start properly from the 17 August 2020
    • The Airport Ground Lighting (AGL) trenching for the pit and duct work has started
    • Apron Fillet Extension works has started 
    • The Runway Pavement Works are now due to start approximately 17/18 August.

    The project team have asked us to note in this update that the majority of the works disruption will be completed by the end of November – at this stage. However, this is subject to weather and other delays that may occur. We will keep the community and stakeholders updated as works progress.

    Project Timeline (as at 13 July 2020)

    Please visit the project page for more detailed information on the project:

    https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/fraser-coast-airport-renewal-project

    If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project please do not hesitate to contact the Project Team:

    The next update will be Friday 21 August.

    Thank you for your continued patience while this important work is carried out.

     

    Kind Regards,

    Community Development and Engagement (on behalf of the Airport Project Team)

    Fraser Coast Regional Council

    T  1300 79 49 29  | E enquiry@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

  • Media Release 17 July 2020

    MEDIA RELEASE

    17 July 2020

    HERVEY BAY AIRPORT RUNWAY RENEWAL TAKES OFF

     

  • Project Update - Media Release - February 2020

    Media Release

    21 February 2020

    Hervey Bay Airport runway renewal tender awarded

    The refurbishment of the Hervey Bay Airport runway will start within weeks, with the Fraser Coast Regional Council awarding the tender to deliver the multi-million dollar project.

    At its meeting this week, Council resolved to accept the tender from Fulton Hogan with the project

    to be delivered in four stages over the next nine months.


    Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said the runway renewal was the single biggest capital works project in Council’s 2019/20 budget and additional funding would 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, so it’s in need of a facelift,” he said.

    “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.


    “With regular flights to and from Brisbane, Sydney and local tourism destinations carrying more than 180,000 passengers a year, it’s vital the runway continues to meet the required national design and safety standards, and that’s what this work is all about.”

    Cr Everard said Council was committed to minimising the impacts to the community, businesses and airport services while the work was carried out.

    “The lighting upgrades will be done during the day while the runway renewal will happen at night meaning there should be minimal to no impact on commercial passenger flights,” he said.

    “All works will be monitored closely by Council and its external project managers with regular communication to occur with nearby residents and businesses.

    “We thank everyone for their patience while this important work at the airport is carried out.”

    The Hervey Bay Airport runway renewal project is being supported by a $9.19 million grant through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and is identified as one of the key projects in the Hinkler Regional Deal.

    More details about the project and regular updates are available at https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/fraser-coast-airport-renewal-project-20192020  

  • Project Update – Airport Renewal Project – December 2019

    Assessment is well progressed on the tenders received for the Airport Renewal Project.  It is expected that Council will consider the tender recommendation report at its January 2020 meeting.  While this is later than planned, it is important that a thorough assessment of the tenders is undertaken on this complex and important project.  The delay in awarding the contract will mean that works are now not expected to start until February/March 2020.

    The next project update will be provided in January 2020.

  • Register to stay informed

    Residents 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 to keep up to date during the project.

    If this is your first time using Council’s Engagement Hub, please register via this link to create an account: https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/register

    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: https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/users/update_user_profile