Heli­port part of greater air­port mas­ter plan

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

Hed­land’s new heli­port was of­fi­cially un­veiled to the pub­lic at a meet-and-greet or­gan­ised by the Port Hed­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port last Tues­day.

The heli­port is a ma­jor up­grade for the off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try and co­in­cided with the an­nounce­ment of PHIA Group’s strate­gic plan.

PHIA Group chair­man Ch­eryl Ed­wardes said con­sul­ta­tion would now be­gin for plan­ning of the Port Hed­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port mas­ter plan and land use plan.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time for all of us and the com­mu­nity of Port Hed­land, this adds to the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the air­port and con­trib­utes lo­cal em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“The con­struc­tion of a new build­ing will min­imise pub­lic dis­rup­tion and will de­liver a safe, mod­ern and se­cure ter­mi­nal we and the com­mu­nity will be proud of for many, many years to come”.

The mas­ter plan iden­ti­fies as key projects a new taxi­way, an as­phalt over­lay of the run­way and run­way light­ing en­hance­ments, as well as a com­mit­ment to a new pur­pose­built pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal de­signed by ar­chi­tec­ture firm Woods Bagot.

“This is a long-term in­vest­ment in Port Hed­land, be­yond the air­port fence — we are po­si­tion­ing the air­port for the fu­ture with new tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions, while mak­ing con­sid­ered de­ci­sions and pur­su­ing tan­gi­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth,” Ms Ed­wardes said.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Bris­tow He­li­copters Aus­tralia flight op­er­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Ni­cola Free­man and PHIA op­er­a­tions gen­eral­man­ager Rod Evans at the air­port’s new heli­port.

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