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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 94

(Question No. 4930)


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 25 November 1986:

(1) Is it a fact that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works recommended that a terminal building should be constructed at the new Brisbane Airport for general aviation aircraft.

(2) What sum did the Committee recommend should be spent on the general aviation terminal.

(3) Will the construction of the general aviation terminal at Brisbane Airport proceed; if not, why not.

(4) Are there proposals for any facilities to be constructed by the Commonwealth at Brisbane Airport for general aviation use; if so, (a) what are they, (b) where will they be built, (c) how much will they cost and (d) when will they be ready for use.


Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) My Department proposed that a general aviation common-user terminal be provided. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) in its 6th Report of 1982 stated that it was satisfied with the siting and design of other buildings and facilities proposed for Phase 1 of Brisbane Airport, with the exception of the need and design of the proposed Department of Aviation hangar. The ``other'' buildings to which the PWC referred included the proposed general aviation terminal.

(2) The PWC did not recommend that a sum of money be spent on a general aviation terminal. My Department advised the PWC that the estimated cost was $250 000.

(3) The proposal was discussed with general aviation operators in Brisbane. As a result of lack of support by the industry it is now not proposed to proceed with construction of a general aviation terminal. In lieu, a minimum cost shelter with toilet facilities, road access and car park at an estimated cost of $90,000 is proposed.

(4)-

(a) The Commonwealth is providing the 14/32 runway and associated taxiways, a general aviation terminal apron, serviced sites for general aviation terminals to be erected by the operators, a hangar area and serviced sites for hangars.

(b) (i) The 14/32 runway and the general aviation terminal apron are at the northern end of the airport.

(ii) The general aviation hangar area is on the eastern side of the main runway at the northern end of the site.

(c) The total cost of the development for general aviation is approximately $43M.

(d) They will be ready for use when the airport is commissioned, currently expected to be in September 1987.