Boral Asphalt and council crews have started pre-construction works at the Emerald Airport for the planned resurfacing of the main runway, taxiway and apron bays.
The work is part of a $16 million maintenance program.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said the main runway’s existing asphalt surface was almost 20 years old and approaching
the end of its functional life.
“These works will ensure this essential piece of infrastructure can remain operational and continue to support economic growth in the region,” he said.
“The Emerald Airport is the 34th largest airport in Australia and an important gateway to the region, with around 208,000 passengers through the doors each year.
“Connectivity to our region is vital and upgrading the infrastructure at the airport will unlock future development opportunities for the airport and local businesses.”
Cr Hayes said the asphalt overlay works were set to start on October 9.
The maintenance program also includes a $3 million upgrade to the general aviation area.
Those works will involve reconstructing the general and eastern aviation apron, and the refuelling area, in addition to widening the taxiway apron.
The works are jointly funded by the Australian Government, and through the Queensland Government’s Building our Regions program, in association with Central Highlands Regional Council.