Air­port seeks works boss

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT raggatt@ news. com. au

tony. TOWNSVILLE Air­port has con­firmed it is re­cruit­ing a de­vel­op­ment man­ager as it pro­ceeds with “early works” for its more than $ 40 mil­lion ter­mi­nal re­de­vel­op­ment.

But it is un­clear how much the air­port own­ers are con- trib­ut­ing to those works and why the air­port is advertising for a project man­ager to over­see what is de­scribed in advertising ma­te­rial as a “a large scale project worth ap­prox­i­mately $ 42 mil­lion”.

Plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment have been the sub­ject of a stale­mate between the own­ers, Queens­land Air­port Ltd, and the ma­jor air­port op­er­a­tor, Qan­tas, for at least two years.

Qan­tas is re­sist­ing plans for a $ 3 pas­sen­ger charge at a time of fall­ing traf­fic and QAL has said the ter­mi­nal up­grade will re­main at a stand­still un­til Qan­tas agrees to ap­ply the charge.

Davidson Projects and Op­er­a­tions is advertising for a project man­ager in Townsville on be­half of an un­named air­port op­er­a­tor.

“You will look af­ter project de­liv­ery on a large scale project worth ap­prox­i­mately $ 42 mil­lion, li­ais­ing with key stake- hold­ers in­clud­ing those with po­lit­i­cal and lo­cal author­ity,” the ad­ver­tise­ment says.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Townsville Air­port chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Kevin Gill said the air­port was re­cruit­ing a de­vel­op­ment man­ager as part of its re­sourc­ing re­quire­ments for a num­ber of air­port projects.

Th­ese in­cluded an apron ex­pan­sion, which was un­der way, and in­fras­truc­ture up­grades in­clud­ing a new fuel farm and high volt­age net­work for the air­port.

“This po­si­tion will also over­see de­liv­ery of the early works pack­age for the ter­mi­nal up­grade, which is cur­rently out for ten­der,” Mr Gill said.

Mr Gill said the air­port had not yet reached an agree­ment with Qan­tas re­gard­ing the ter­mi­nal up­grade but that the staged re­de­vel­op­ment of the ter­mi­nal had al­ready started.

“The fuel farm and high volt­age net­work are pro­gress­ing sep­a­rately to the $ 10 mil­lion apron ex­pan­sion,” he said.

“Early works for the ter­mi­nal re­de­vel­op­ment will be funded up­front by QAL and in­volve re­lo­ca­tion of rental car desks, up­grades to bath­room fa­cil­i­ties and up­grades to se­cu­rity screen­ing.”

Pre­vi­ously, Qan­tas has said the air­port re­jected a coun­terof­fer it made for more mod­est in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ments.

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