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The Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham today (19 May 2016) announced that the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion program has been approved by the State Coordinator-General accepting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.

Photo: Mayor Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Council and Minister for State Development & Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham at Sunshine Coast Airport Thursday 19 May 2016

Mayor Jamieson said the council would now consider the conditions and recommendations contained within the Coordinator General’s report and that the project can now progress to the next stage.

Photo: Artist’s impression of the Airport Expansion Project

The expansion consists of:

A new 2,450 m long x 45 m wide runway aligned to the north- west/south-east (Runway 13/31)
Two runway end taxiway loops and navigation aids
Expansion of the apron at the existing terminal
Staged expansion of the existing terminal
A combined new Air Traffic Control tower and Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting station, access road and utilities.

Photo: Proposed Flight Paths - including over Eumundi, Yandina Creek & Cooroy

Sunshine Coast Council Aviation Portfolio Councillor Steve Robinson said the $347 million Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project would help grow passenger numbers and support the needs of the growing Sunshine Coast community.

“It is anticipated it will contribute $4.1 billion to the local economy and result in 3500 fewer dwellings being affected by noise each day,” Cr Robinson said.

The Commonwealth Government will now review the Coordinator General’s report, due within 30 days of the report being received. Further specific project approvals will also be required before works can commence.

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project "Coordinator-General’s evaluation report on the environmental impact statement May 2016"

Photo: Previous Graffiti on Shed opposing the new runway on Sunshine Coast Airport Land Flight Path