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Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport allocated new strategic status

05 May 2016

 

Hon Jackie Trad MP
Deputy Premier
Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure,
Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment

 


Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport allocated new strategic status


The future of Australia’s newest airport – Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba – has reached new heights, with the Queensland Government this week confirming its listing as a strategic airport.  


Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad approved the airport’s new status in the latest update to the State Planning Policy (SPP).


“This is an exciting step in the growth of Brisbane West Wellcamp and will ensure this important aviation infrastructure continues to create trade and job opportunities for the Toowoomba region,” Ms Trad said.


“This strategic status will ensure the airport’s operation is not impacted by future development such as buildings, industries which generate outputs like smoke and lighting, or those which attract wildlife.   


“Protecting Brisbane West Wellcamp’s assets will help to support the growth of the Darling Downs region, its local economy and tourism industry. This strategic listing also recognises the important opportunities for economic development this airport provides the region.


“Queensland currently has 26 airports with strategic status which ensures that activities and future development in the vicinity will not impact on the safety and viability of the airport.


“With a geographically dispersed state, airport infrastructure is vital to the Queensland economy and is a great source of job generation. We will continue to work with operators to ensure appropriate planning systems are in place to see each airport flourish.”


Key transport corridors linking to the airport will be also be identified and protected from development that could compromise its function.


The privately-owned Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport opened in November 2014 and an inaugural international freight flight took off last November, with a Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-8 freighter carrying Queensland produce to Hong Kong.


Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport General Manager Phil Gregory said the new status was a significant milestone for the airport.


“Wellcamp Airport is a critical piece of public infrastructure and we thank the Queensland Government for recognising our role in contributing to Queensland’s growth,” Mr Gregory said.


“This strategic status not only protects the airport’s needs into the future but validates Wellcamp Airport as a long-term asset for Queensland.”

 
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