Western Downs Regional Council and Queensland Gas Company Pty Limited have signed an agreement to upgrade Chinchilla Airport infrastructure.
In the first of two phases, QGC will invest AU$ 200,000 in an engineering design study to determine the level of maintenance required.
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QGC has allocated a further AU$ 4.5 million for a work program in 2015 to strengthen the runway, improve runway lighting, upgrade terminal facilities and install a solar weather station to enhance the airport's operability in poor weather.
The agreement for this work is part of the Queensland Curtis LNG Social Impact Management Plan, which is addressing impacts and maximising benefits from project construction during 2011-14.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown said the enhancements would contribute to the economic development of Chinchilla for years to come.
Brown commented: "Chinchilla Airport has quickly become an integral transport focus for the expanding natural gas industry that is bringing sustainable, long-term growth to the region.
"These works demonstrate Council's ability to work with resource companies to manage development for the benefit of the whole community."
QGC Managing Director Mitch Ingram said Chinchilla Airport has been important to the QCLNG project's construction: "The upgrade will ensure the airport remains a valuable asset for the region benefiting private and commercial air travel as well as vital services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and CareFlight."
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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