Airport expansion to boost growth
EXPRESSIONS of interest are now open for an expansion to the Whitsunday Coast Airport.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said with the airport on track to hit 500,000 passengers per annum next year it was important the terminal could cater for the rapid growth.
“This huge increase in passenger numbers makes Whitsunday Coast Airport one of the fastest-growing regional airports in Australia,” he said.
“Project architects STEA Astute have held stakeholder workshops and have a detailed expanded terminal concept design.”
Mayor Andrew Willcox thanked the Queensland Government for their support in funding the $15 million project.
The concept terminal expansion will include doubling the size of the departure lounge and the baggage claim and arrivals areas, provision of an additional departure gate and reconfigured and expanded security screening area to allow for a future double lane of security screening. WITH the Adani Carmichael mine developing as a key State Government election issue, the conservation movement’s opposition changed gear in Airlie Beach on the weekend.
From blocking roads to the Abbot Point coal terminal north of Bowen and the national day of action against Adani last month, the markets hosted an internationally renown performance artist.
Benny Zable was one of the pioneers of the alternative lifestyle culture and was at the birth of the movement when the Aquarius Festival was staged in Nimbin in Northern NSW in 1973.
Mr Zable turned heads at he markets with his art activism in support of a presence from Reef Action and the Greens.
“We are at a critical time in history, the ice caps are melting, the sea is becoming more toxic, we have had Fukushima and oil spills,” he said.
“We are destroying what is keeping us alive.
“I am here because Adani, knowing the situation ... is going ahead with building the biggest coal mining project in the world."
Reef Action Whitsunday spokeswoman Alison Mason was also at the Airlie Beach markets and said she got a sense voters who were opposed to the proposed Adani mine knew to vote Greens and preference the ALP second to stop the Carmichael mine.
Ms Mason said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s pledge to veto a $1 billion Federal Government loan to Adani was in response to a groundswell of support for the anti-mine movement.
“She is after votes, she thought there was votes in supporting Adani and now she realises there isn’t,” Ms Mason said.
Mr Zable asked what kind of suffering the people of Queensland and Australia would be forced to endure when the Great Barrier Reef dies and the Great Artesian Basin dries up.
"I have been in New York attending conferences in the United Nations where Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau came to explain why we are at a dangerous tipping point at this moment in time," he said.
“The reefs are the rain forests of the sea, the whole ecosystem under the sea, if it dies we are gone.
“The sea is critical to our survival.
“We are here to stop Adani and stop the railway. Once the railway is up then it’s going to be very hard to stop it. This is the critical time.”
The Palaszczuk Government this week said it had played no role to date in the Federal Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan assessment process for Adani and will play no role in the future.
ANTI COAL: Anti-Adani protestor Benny Zane at the Airlie Beach foreshore markets on Saturday.