Air­port up­grade set to start

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Francesca Mann

Work to up­grade and ex­tend the Ger­ald­ton Air­port run­way is ex­pected to start this month.

City of Greater Ger­ald­ton coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously agreed to award the ten­der for the works to WBHO In­fras­truc­ture’s Ger­ald­ton branch dur­ing a coun­cil meet­ing last week.

The con­tract, val­ued at about $22 mil­lion, will see the run­way ex­tended to 2400m, the main apron ex­panded and the taxi­way widened.

Ac­cord­ing to brief­ing notes the up­grades will en­able big­ger air­craft such as the Air­bus A330 to land.

The works will also in­clude the con­struc­tion of an over­lay to the ex­ist­ing air­field pave­ments and the re­place­ment of aero­nau­ti­cal ground light­ing.

In its sub­mis­sion, WBHO In­fras­truc­ture iden­ti­fied a sig­nif­i­cant amount of lo­cal con­tent for the sup­ply of goods and ser­vices.

The en­tire project, worth $24 mil­lion, is jointly funded by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, con­tribut­ing $10 mil­lion from the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund, the State Gov­ern­ment, con­tribut­ing $6.5 mil­lion from the Re­gional Air­ports De­vel­op­ment Scheme, and $7.5 mil­lion from the City.

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