Airport seeks works boss
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.