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NSW Ballina Byron Gateway Airport to receive $6.9m upgrade

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Posted by Monica Gameng

Construction is set to commence this month on the $6.9 million Ballina Byron Gateway Airport expansion and upgrade project in New South Wales, with Woollam Constructions winning the contract to deliver the project.

According to Ballina Shire Council’s Commercial Services Manager Paul Tsikleas, the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has seen an increase in passenger numbers over the last eight years - from 270,000 in 2010 to 530,000 in 2018 - and this growth in numbers require a larger and more efficient terminal building.

The project is going to be delivered in to stages. The first stage will involve the expansion of the airport terminal, with works to include:

  • Expansion of the departure lounge
  • New and additional toilet facilities, upgraded disabled toilets and parents room
  • Construction of external covered passenger walkway
  • Construction of a new cafe, sports bar and additional retail areas
  • Incorporation of sustainable and energy efficient design features

Stage Two of the project will deliver an upgrade to the airport carpark and set down pick up areas.

ballina-byron-gateway-airport-upgradeArtist impression (source: Ballina Shire Council)

The Ballina Byron Gateway Airport expansion and upgrade is funded by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Program - contributing $4.5 million - together with a $2.4 million loan from the Ballina Shire Council.

“The Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Program increases the competitiveness and attractiveness of regional NSW by ensuring ongoing and convenient access for visitors.

“The Ballina-Byron area already attracts large numbers of tourists who send their money in local towns and villages, and this upgrade will ensure the airport has the capacity to cater for more tourist growth, further supporting our local businesses,” Parliament Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said.

Major construction works on Stage One are expected to commence by late May or early June 2018, with completion set for April 2019. Works on Stage Two is anticipated to begin later this year and completed around the same time as the terminal expansion works.

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Source: The Northern Star, Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, Ballina Shire Council

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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