- Sunday 01 November 2015
Sunshine Coast Council has welcomed the State Co-ordinator General’s determination that it has substantially addressed issues raised during Sunshine Coast Airport expansion project’s Environmental Impact Study (EIS).
The public was invited to make submissions on the original environmental impact study late last year* and will now be given a second opportunity to comment on the additional information council provided in response.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said as a result, there had been no material changes to the proposed airport expansion project as originally advertised in the EIS last year. “This shows how robust the project has been from the very beginning,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The AEIS provides detailed responses to issues raised by the community and government stakeholders during the EIS public notification period which concluded in November 2014 and I encourage the community to review the document.
"The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion is a significant regional project which will benefit Sunshine Coast residents for generations to come.
“And importantly, due to the runway realignment, 3500 fewer dwellings will be affected by noise each day.
“The project will help boost tourism and international trade because the expanded airport will potentially cater for up to two million more passengers each year.
“It will help our export businesses, particularly those operating in the agricultural sector, to get their products and services to markets faster and more efficiently.”
Mayor Jamieson said the airport expansion would contribute $4.1 billion to the value of the local economy and generate more than 2230 jobs between 2020-2040.
“It will ensure the region has a functional airport for jet aircraft into the future and will enable more direct flights to more locations in Australia and across the globe,” he said.
“The expansion will also provide access for larger, more fuel efficient aircraft.
“It is also important to note that the location of the new runway has been featured in the region’s planning documents since the mid-1980s – which have all been publicly available since that time.”
The project is expected to be completed by 2020, subject to obtaining all necessary approvals and securing the funding required.
The AEIS will be displayed on the Office of the Coordinator General’s website, council’s website, customer contact centres and libraries, Noosa Shire Council office and its council libraries, Bribie Island Library, State Library of Queensland and National Library of Australia during the public notification period from November 2 to 30.
Mayor Jamieson said any comments, questions or submissions should be directed to the Office of the Co-ordinator General during the public notification period. Visit: www.haveyoursay.dsdip.qld.gov.au.
The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project will:
• contribute $4.1 billion to the Sunshine Coast economy (2020-2040)
• generate more than 2230 jobs (2020-2040)
• ensure the region has a function airport for jet aircraft into the future
• enable more direct flights to more locations in Australia and across the globe
• provide access for larger, more fuel efficient aircraft
• result in 3500 fewer dwellings affected by noise each day (2020)
*The public was invited to make submissions on the original environmental impact study for 30 days from September 29 to November 13, 2014.