EIS for Sunshine Coast Airport expansion released for public comment

THE Queensland Government last week announced the next step in the potential expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport, after the independent Coordinator-General released an environmental impact statement for public comment.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the proposed $347 million expansion would enable the airport to more than double its capacity to two million passengers a year.

The proposed expansion project includes a new 2450-metre long by 45-metre wide north-west/south-east runway, capable of servicing aircraft such as the A330, B787 and B777, as well as terminal upgrades and new airfield infrastructure.

"Economic forecasts suggest passenger numbers at the airport could climb from the current 900,000 a year to two million a year by 2030," Mr Seeney said.

"Our government promised to grow the economy and deliver better planning. Assisting the Sunshine Coast Council to expand its airport into a strategic infrastructure hub delivers on this promise."

Mr Seeney said the Queensland Government had helped progress the proposal by agreeing to transfer, at no cost, three parcels of state-owned land adjacent to the airport needed by council for the project.

The project is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Coordinator-General is conducting a bilateral assessment on behalf of the State and Federal governments.

The Coordinator-General has determined that council's environmental impact statement has adequately addressed matters outlined in the Terms of Reference.

More information is available from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website at <http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/SCAexpansion>. The public comment period closes on 13 November 2014.

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