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AIRPORT HITS A HIGH NOTE WITH THE LOCALS

25 November 2013

Organisers of Wellcamp Airport’s first open day were literally ‘blown’ away by the number of locals who turned up to check out their new airport. 

Initially about 10,000 people were expected at yesterday’s event but more than 18,000 attended.

Wellcamp Airport general manager Phil Gregory said yesterday’s event was a huge success.

“It was fantastic so many people came to see the airport first hand, tour the site and get a feel for the development,” said Mr Gregory.

Some of the highlights included Australia’s biggest non-mining blast ever.

Henry Wagner pushed the button on the blast as onlookers watched from one kilometre away as 500,000 tonnes of rock was blown sky high.

“Country singers Tania Kernaghan and Amber Lawrence wooed the crowds, our ambassador Laura Geitz signed autographs and plenty of people took the opportunity to take a joy flight over the airport site.

“We are incredibly humbled by the overwhelming support for what will be an important community asset, “ said Mr Gregory.

He said construction was on track and the passenger terminal designs were currently being finalised.

“The runway will be completed in April next year, followed by the terminal in August with the airport due to be operational this time next year,” said Mr Gregory.

All materials used in the runway construction have been sourced on site with more than 10 million tonnes of rock expected to be used in the construction of the airport precinct.

More than 80 people are currently involved in the construction of Wellcamp Airport, Australia’s first greenfield public airport since Tullamarine, in Melbourne which was built almost 50 years ago and the first privately-funded public airport ever built in Australia.

Wellcamp Airport is primarily a passenger airport featuring a 2.87km large jet capable runaway and is expected to be operational in September/October next year. Destinations are expected to include Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Mackay, Roma and Emerald. 

As well as being a passenger airport, Wellcamp will open up both domestic and export opportunities for local producers in the bellies of passenger aircraft.

Economic stats:

Independent economic studies estimate that by 2018, the airport will generate 2,000 local jobs and inject $318million into the Toowoomba region.

  • More than 80 local residents are currently employed as part of the construction team.
  • Other services sourced locally include civil, structural, mechanical and hydraulic engineering, planning, printing, design, signage and surveying.

Built on an 800ha site in Wellcamp, the airport precinct will also include a premier business park, which is expected to attract leading Australian and international companies that specialise in the areas of aviation, transport logistics, warehousing and logistics, manufacturing as well as factory outlets.

For further details contact:
Karen McKinley
Wellcamp Airport Communications Consultant
Tel: 0416 121 777

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