Airport upgrade gets final approval
Orange City Council Airport Committee chair Cr Chris Gryllis said it was an exciting milestone in Orange’s development.
The Joint Regional Planning Panel gave the final approval today for the project after making an on-site inspection at the airport, considering the Environmental Impact Statement and talking with City Council Development staff.
“It’s a very exciting day for Orange and essential expansion for Orange’s future development,” Cr Chris Gryllis said.
“This is a huge project and I want to congratulate our council staff for the way the way have consulted with the nearby residents and sorted through the potential impacts of the project.”
“Approval had already been given for the new $3.3 million terminal and the construction company is expected to start work on-site next week,” Cr Gryllis said. “What’s happened today is approval of the extension of the runway and the expansion of the taxiways that will cost $8.7 million. Tenders for this work close 11 October.”
The project includes :
- the extension of the main runway by approximately 538 metres,
- extension of the aircraft apron by about 5,000 square metres
- construction of new access road and realignment of nearby roads
Other costs of the project include the re-location of a gas pipeline and the acquisition of land.
The airport expansion project is being jointly funded by the federal and state governments, Orange City Council and Newcrest, which operates Australia’s largest gold mine at Cadia near Orange.