Aug 06, 2017

Win for Rockhampton tarmac upgrade plans

Win for Rockhampton tarmac upgrade plans

Rockhampton Regional Council has won $5 million in Federal Government funding towards a $12.6 million project to upgrade the city’s airport tarmac.

The Rockhampton Airport Pavement Upgrade Project will include asphalt resurfacing on the main runway plus surface enrichment to the taxiways, runway shoulders, and  the military and regular public transport aprons.

It is due to be completed by the end of next year.

The council’s airport committee chair, Neil Fisher, said this was a complex proposal with benefits to all of central Queensland and he commended the airport team for their hard work.

“This excellent result was due to their combined efforts and this project has a number of overall benefits including enabling the airport to re-open faster after future inundation events as well as improved surface resilience to accommodate forecast increases in military activity,” Cr Fisher said.

“It will also support future heavy air freight traffic growth associated with the Galilee Basin, Bowen Basin and agricultural exports.

“This is an excellent outcome for Rockhampton Airport and the whole community and we look forward to the project getting under way in the near future.”

The council last month revealed plans for a six-month trial of international flights out of the Rockhampton airport, with potential freight services to promote local industry in addition to passenger services.