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$25 million upgrade delivers modern facilities for Miles Aerodrome

17 February 2016

Mayor Ray Brown, Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Cr Andrew Smith and Origin’s Condabri Production Manager Brad Robertson mark the official completion of the $25 million Miles Aerodrome Upgrade

Mayor Ray Brown, Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Cr Andrew Smith and Origin’s Condabri Production Manager Brad Robertson mark the official completion of the $25 million Miles Aerodrome Upgrade

Mayor Ray Brown and Origin's Condabri Production Manager Brad Robertson were joined by members of the Miles Community to cut the ribbon on the official opening of the upgraded Miles Aerodrome

Mayor Ray Brown and Origin’s Condabri Production Manager Brad Robertson were joined by members of the Miles Community to cut the ribbon on the official opening of the upgraded Miles Aerodrome

Mayor Ray Brown, Councillors, and Western Downs Regional Council CEO Ross Musgrove officially mark the completion of the Miles Aerodrome Upgrade

Mayor Ray Brown, Councillors, and Western Downs Regional Council CEO Ross Musgrove officially mark the completion of the Miles Aerodrome Upgrade

Today, Western Downs Regional Council officially marked the Stage 2 completion of the $25 million Miles Aerodrome rehabilitation project funded by Origin on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG, paving the way for larger aircraft and raising the possibility of regular commercial airline services.

  • Stage 1 which was delivered by Leighton Contractors and handed over to Council in 2013, involved the construction of the runway, taxiway and parking apron;
  • Stage 2, which was handed over to Council last week, involved the construction of the car park and terminal building and was completed by Hutchinson Builders;
  • The terminal building has seating for 70 passengers, air-conditioning, three check-in desks and a covered arrival baggage collection area, and has the capabilities to cater for well over 100,000 passengers per year;
  • Council now has an Aerodrome equipped with modern facilities, and is capable of handling 74 seat aircraft including an F70 Jet and the Dash 8-400;
  • The Aerodrome also provides an all-weather 24/7 facility for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith said the upgrade has significantly enhanced the operational capabilities of the Aerodrome.

“Miles Aerodrome is a valuable asset for the Western Downs and is an integral transport hub for private and commercial charter flights, as well as vital community services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” he said.

“The upgraded Aerodrome will provide the local community with valuable, high quality infrastructure that will support regional economic development well into the future.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Origin for funding and managing this project on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG; they along with Hutchinson Builders were most professional and efficient, delivering the project on time to the highest standard.

“The Miles Aerodrome Rehabilitation Project demonstrates Council’s ability and commitment to work alongside resources companies in our region to ensure essential infrastructure is maintained and improved and delivers long-lasting benefits for our communities.”

Natasha Patterson, Origin General Manager Access, Land and Community, said the new Aerodrome played an important role in the safe transport of workers to the Surat region during the construction of the Australia Pacific LNG project.

“Now that construction is completed, Origin is proud to have delivered a lasting asset that will benefit the Western Downs’ community for many years to come,” Ms Patterson said.

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