9 tenders for airport upgrade

NINE businesses put in a tender to upgrade the Whitsunday Coast Airport and the State Government is now evaluating these.

The Department of Infrastructure and Planning invited tenders for the refurbishment and extension works on June 16.

Tenders closed on July 14.

State Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt said the department was now reviewing the proposals and expected to announce the successful tenderer in the near future.

“Each of the nine tenders presented exciting proposals and I can't wait to see our revived and refurbished airport welcoming tourists,” she said.

Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said the airport, 15km south of Proserpine, would undergo a seven-month program of works to upgrade the terminal and passenger airport facilities.

“This $7 million project will deliver the modern airport and improved facilities the airport needs to serve locals and the thousands of tourists who flock to the Whitsunday region each year,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

He said that when construction started, the works would be phased to minimise disruption to the terminal's operation.

The upgrade project's design and construction phase will provide about 20 short-term contractor and construction jobs, he said.

Work is expected to be completed early next year.

The Department of Infrastructure and Planning is managing the project for the Whitsunday Regional Council.

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