Gold Coast airport has released its draft master plan for the next 20 years and is calling for feedback from the community.
By that time it’s expecting to handle more than 16.5 million passengers a year – 13.5 million domestic and more than three million international.
The plan covers the extra facilities the airport will need, with a focus on the next five years, and an assessment of noise and developments which will affect the surrounding communities.
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It also includes proposals for land use controls and protection in areas around the airport to ensure safe operating conditions in line with current local authority planning provisions and protection provided under the Prescribed Airspace Regulations.
Chief Operating Officer, Marion Charlton, said the document established a framework for the future development of Gold Coast Airport.
“The Preliminary Draft Master Plan (PDMP) provides a guide to the development of airport facilities, infrastructure and land uses to meet the future requirements of the aviation industry and the community we serve for the next twenty years,” she said.
“It will particularly focus on the development required over the next five years.
“Gold Coast Airport also acts as a gateway to the region for domestic and international passengers as well as providing air access for the local community.
“We are committed to working with all our airline partners, the tourism industry and local business to develop the network of routes and services to and from Gold Coast Airport to service the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales regions.”
A recent economic impact assessment GCA commissioned as part of the Master Plan process revealed over the next five years GCA’s direct operations contribution to the region of $818 million.
By 2037 it is anticipated that contribution will grow to $2.3 billion to the region.
GCA will host a series of community drop-in sessions as part of the public consultation period for the 2017 Preliminary Draft Master Plan.
The public consultation period, which commenced today, will run for 60-business days, during which six community drop-in sessions will occur.
The PDMP is available on the Gold Coast Airport website and public submissions are now being received. Once the public consultation period closes, submissions received from the community will be addressed in a revised Draft Master Plan and submitted to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for final approval.
The first of the drop-in sessions will be held Tuesday 8 November at Kingscliff Community Centre, from 2:00pm-5:00pm (NSW time).
For more information regarding the Master Plan, you can visit the Gold Coast Airport website at www.goldcoastairport.com.au.
Master Plan community information session details:
– Kingscliff Community Hall, Tuesday 8 November, 2-5PM (NSW time)
– Tugun Community Centre, Monday 14 November, 3-6PM – Fradgley Hall Burleigh, Tuesday 29 November, 3-6PM
– Tugun Community Centre, Monday 5 December, 3-6PM
– Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Monday 6 December, 2-5PM (NSW time)
– Fradgley Hall Burleigh Heads, Tuesday 17 January, 3-6PM