The first stage of Mareeba airport’s $23 million upgrade was officially opened today.
The new 52-lot commercial precinct, which is part of the larger upgrade of the airport, was opened by Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald.
The Mareeba Airport Upgrade Project is being jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Australian Government and is being delivered by Mareeba Shire Council, who have appointed Cairns-based contractor FGF Developments.
Senator Macdonald said the Federal Government’s $10 million investment in the upgrade would help to boost economic growth in the North.
“Huge infrastructure projects such as this not only bring communities together but also provide great job opportunities, with 55 jobs supported during construction. The number of employees is also expected to soar from 88 to more than 400 over the next 30 years,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The upgrades include the connection of water, sewerage, power and telecommunications to the commercial precinct as well as extensions to the apron. These works are part of a larger project that will include upgrades to the runway, taxiways and airfield lighting to improve safety and allow use by larger aircraft.”
The Palaszczuk Government is providing $13 million towards the two-stage transformation.
Stage two of the upgrade will see the airport runway extended and carrying capacity increased to cater for larger aircraft. There will also be upgrades to lighting and taxiways.