Project updates
  • Last updated:
  • 30 Jan 2020

Council continues to meet all of its environmental obligations as progress continues on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project. Council continues to work closely with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science (DES). DES has endorsed council’s PFAS management at the site.

Ponded site water report

Council has this week released more information about environmental investigations undertaken at the project site. The latest report contains more details about sampling undertaken, in relation to PFAS on the site. View the report.

One isolated sample, which exceeded the adopted drinking water criteria, came from a groundwater well near the western end of the western General Aviation precinct at the airport. Validated and current groundwater modelling indicates that this groundwater will remain contained on the airport site. Council has several groundwater monitoring sites and an ongoing sampling and reporting regime is in place to closely monitor water quality on the project site and on land adjoining the airport.

Marcoola residents who use water extracted from bores to water plants or gardens are not at risk. The migration of PFAS through an aquifer is a complex process and is controlled by aquifer properties and surface drainage systems.

See information about council’s water release program.

Progress update

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project is progressing very well and ahead of schedule thanks to the great work by the project’s contractor. Their efforts to place approximately 200,000 tonnes of fine crushed rock prior to Christmas has enabled 99% of the construction site to return to a free-draining area.

The first layer of asphalt is currently being laid and it will be completed in late February 2020.

In the lead up to the opening of the new runway on May 21, 2020, more than 400,000 tonnes—almost eight times the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge—of fine crushed rock and 64,000 tonnes of asphalt will be placed on top of a compacted sand embankment.

Laying of the asphalt, which is due for completion in late February, is an important milestone as the new 2.5 kilometre long runway and 1.2 kilometre long taxiway enter the final phase of construction.

The airport expansion project is one of the largest construction project happening on the coast right now. There are approximately 220 workers on site each day with more than 200 of those being Sunshine Coast locals. A further 2,230 new full-time direct and indirect jobs will be created by 2040.

Approximately $85 million has been injected into the Sunshine Coast economy since the project commenced.

Airspace and flight path design

On 9 October the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved airspace changes which will enable new flight paths to be in place to support the operation of the new runway when it opens. 

The detailed airspace and flight path design for the new runway at the Sunshine Coast Airport was out for community review from 20 March to 30 April 2019. 

Airservices Australia has released a two-part report. The report summarises feedback received during the notification period. Airservices Australia recently published the Sunshine Coast Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback.

More information

For more information please visit the Engage Airservices website.

CASA approval for airspace change.

Council welcomes CASA approval

Airpspace and Flight Path Design frequently asked questions[1815KB].

Council's presented  at the Airservices Australia Round Table Stakeholder meeting 5 July 2019. View the presentation[3293KB][3293KB].

Tree trimming program

Project News (Marcoola) 24 September 2019[587KB].

Project News (Mount Coolum) 12 October 2019[365KB]