Work delayed at airport

IT IS unknown when work will start on the upgrade to the Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine.

The State Government has committed $7 million for the work which was meant to be finished by the end of this year.

The work has not started and is now being held up because of continuing negotiations about lease arrangements between the Whitsunday Regional Council and Qantas.

Council owns the airport but Qantas currently leases half of the terminal building.

Mayor Mike Brunker said Council would have to pay Qantas in order to end the lease arrangement and then enter into a new service arrangement so Qantas could use the terminal for its Jetstar operation.

Mr Brunker would not disclose the amount Council would have to pay as he said it was “commercial in confidence” information.

He said Qantas was holding up the process because they would not sign off on the end of the lease until the new arrangement was also signed off. Meanwhile, Council reviewed the plans for the car park design last week.

Council's director of transport and infrastructure Gary Martin said the designers were making some minor changes and that tenders would be called in the next couple of weeks for construction of the car park.

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