Community invited to airport expansion project public meeting
Sunshine Coast Council is hosting a public meeting on Monday, November 9, to outline the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, its significance to the region and to provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions.
The meeting will be held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Ocean Drive, Twin Waters at 5.30pm for 5.45pm start.
Public submissions on the project's Additional Environmental Impact Study (AIES) opened today (November 2) and will close on November 30.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was important the community had access to correct information so they were fully informed on the project and be knowledgeable about any claims being made.
"Council has welcomed the State Coordinator-General's advice that the community will have an opportunity to comment on the AEIS," Mayor Jamieson said.
"The public was invited to make submissions on the original environmental impact study late last year* and this second phase will enable the public to view the additional information council provided in response.
"The Coordinator-General had advised that council's AEIS had substantially addressed the issues raised in submissions received during the earlier Environmental Impact Study.
"As a result, there have been no material changes to the proposed airport expansion project.
"This shows how robust the project has been from the very beginning.
"The AEIS provides detailed responses to issues raised by the community and government stakeholders during the EIS public notification period which concluded in November 2014 and I encourage the community to review the document."
Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion was a significant regional project which would benefit Sunshine Coast residents for generations to come.
"The project will help boost tourism and international trade because the expanded airport will potentially cater for up to two million more passengers each year," he said.
"Importantly, due to the runway realignment, 3500 fewer dwellings will be affected by noise each day in 2020.
"It will also help our export businesses, particularly those operating in the agricultural sector, to get their products and services to markets faster and more efficiently.
"The airport expansion will contribute $4.1 billion to the value of the economy and generate more than 2230 jobs between 2020-2040.
"It will ensure the region has a functional airport for jet aircraft into the future and will enable more direct flights to more locations in Australia and across the globe.
"The expansion will also provide access for larger, more fuel efficient aircraft.
The project is expected to be completed by 2020, subject to obtaining all necessary approvals and funding.
The AEIS will be displayed on the Office of the Coordinator-General's website, council's website, customer contact centres and libraries, Noosa Shire Council office and its council libraries, Bribie Island Library, State Library of Queensland and National Library of Australia during the public notification period from November 2 to 30.
Mayor Jamieson said any comments, questions or submissions should be directed to the Office of the Coordinator-General during the public notification period. Visit: www.haveyoursay.dsdip.qld.gov.au.
The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project will:
· contribute $4.1 billion to the Sunshine Coast economy (2020-2040)
· generate more than 2230 jobs (2020-2040)
· ensure the region has a function airport for jet aircraft into the future
· enable more direct flights to more locations in Australia and across the globe
· provide access for larger, more fuel efficient aircraft
· result in 3500 fewer dwellings being affected by noise each day by 2020.
Sunshine Coast Airport expansion project public meeting
5.30pm for 5.45pm start
Monday 09 November 2015
Novotel Twin Waters Resort
*The public was invited to make submissions on the original environmental impact study for 30 days from September 29 to November 13, 2014.
Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Twin Waters
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