Thargomindah’s air terminal is about to undergo a spruce-up to the tune of $700,000 in a Bulloo Shire Council project kicking off next month.
Demolition of the existing structure is expected to begin in late September, preparing the site for construction work from early November, according to council chief executive officer Edwina Marks.
The aerodrome is a vital transport link for the south-west Queensland town, which is about a nine-hour drive from Toowoomba.
“We’ve got a very small, very old terminal; which is in really poor shape,” Dr Marks said.
“It’s incredibly cold in winter and hot in summer.
“When we embarked on this project it was based on community consultation, our need to present a better image for tourism and passenger comfort.”
The Thargomindah air strip has a twice-weekly commercial service through Rex Airlines as well as acting as a staging post for private charters carrying workers to the oil and gasfields.
It is also used by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and LifeFlight aeromedical service.
Dr Marks said the council had applied for grants to help put together the $700,000 required for the terminal renewal, with $200,000 coming from council’s own coffers.
Bulloo Shire Council is also seeking approval to upgrade lighting on the tarmac and apron.
Work on the new terminal building is expected to run until October next year.
Dr Marks said council would act as owner-builder, with the project offering a range of work packages for local contractors.
“The advantage is that it is very do-able at a local level,” she said.
The council was finalising plans and re-estimating, before calling for quotes, she said.
Businesses seeking information should visit the council website at http://www.bulloo.qld.gov.au/