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Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion

Project overview*

EIS statusApproved with conditions
Description New east–west runway and associated infrastructure at the existing Sunshine Coast Airport.
Proponent Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Location/s Marcoola, Sunshine Coast. Map
Local government/s Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Investment $347 million
Key features
  • a new 2450m long by 45m wide east–west runway, capable of servicing aircraft such as the A330, B787 and B777
  • proposed changes to airspace and flight paths
  • two end taxiway loops, navigation aids and expansion of the existing apron and terminal
  • an Air Traffic Control Tower and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Station
  • dredging sand for fill from Spitfire Realignment Channel at Moreton Bay
  • transport and temporary mooring of a dredge offshore at Marcoola for sand pumping to the project site
  • temporary construction operations including a sand pumping pipeline and tailwater release to the Marcoola Drain.
  • 86 (construction)
  • 1538 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

18 July 2016 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment’s approval of 'controlled action', subject to conditions. More information
19 May 2016 Coordinator-General’s report on EIS (PDF icon 3.6 MB) released.
23 December 2015 Further information provided by the proponent.
2 November 2015 to 30 November 2015 Supplementary information about the EIS, referred to as additional information to the EIS  (AEIS), public consultation.
18 February 2015 Additional information for the EIS requested by Coordinator-General.
29 September 2014 to 13 November 2014 EIS public consultation
31 March 2014 Change to project lapsing date approved.
9 May 2012 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 843 KB) released.
18 February 2012 to
2 April 2012
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
24 October 2011 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 110 KB).
7 October 2011 Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. More information
5 October 2011 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 4.93 MB), submitted.
31 January 2011 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.

Read more about the EIS process.

Further information

For more information, visit the Sunshine Coast Airport website.

Last updated: 16 Mar 2023