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Chinchilla Aerodrome reopens after completion of first phase of $4.7 million upgrade

16 September 2015

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Cr Andrew Smith and QGC General Manager Upstream Operations Richard Schokman inspect the upgrades to the Chinchilla Aerodrome runway and taxiway.

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Cr Andrew Smith and QGC General Manager Upstream Operations Richard Schokman inspect the upgrades to the Chinchilla Aerodrome runway and taxiway.

Out on the runway: Cr Andrew Smith and Richard Schokman from QGC tour the new upgrades at Chinchilla Aerodrome

Out on the runway: Cr Andrew Smith and Richard Schokman from QGC tour the new upgrades at Chinchilla Aerodrome

The Chinchilla Aerodrome recently welcomed the landing of the first charter flight since May this year, after completion of the first phase of a $4.7 million rehabilitation project delivered by Western Downs Regional Council, natural gas company QGC Pty Limited and Ostwald Bros, to enhance the operational capabilities of the facility.

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith said the much-needed upgrade has significantly improved the reliability and safety of the runway and taxiway for aircraft and regular users of the aerodrome.

“Chinchilla 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, water bombing aircraft used by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, and Care Flight,” he said.

“The works to strengthen the runway and taxiway, improve runway lighting and upgrade terminal facilities was funded by QGC, with the project managed by Council and the work carried out by Ostwald Bros.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank QGC for funding this project and for the company’s commitment to addressing the impacts and maximising the benefits from the gas industry’s expansion within our region.

“The upgrades to the Chinchilla Aerodrome have seen a number of successes with Ostwald Bros delivering the project on time and well within budget. This has meant that additional works could be carried out, including doubling the size of the parking apron to provide safer conditions for aircraft operations.

“The installation of navigational aids such as a weather station and Precision Approach Path Indicator system, along with the improved runway lighting, has significantly enhanced the Aerodrome’s operational capabilities during poor weather, bringing increased safety, efficiency and environmental benefits to the facility and its users.”

Cr Andrew Smith said now that all airside civil works were complete, the next stage of the project would be to complete landside upgrades.

“Using the funding provided by QGC, Council is carrying out upgrades to the aerodrome terminal, such as a new sewage treatment system and new effluent transportation beds; new water storage tanks; additional access roads, car parking and fencing. These works are expected to be completed over the next two to three months,” he said.

“The Chinchilla 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.”

For more information on the Chinchilla Aerodrome Rehabilitation Project call 1300 COUNCIL or email info@wdrc.qld.gov.au.

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