Multimillion-dollar upgrade for Rockhampton airport

Stepped-up security requirements have sparked a planned overhaul at the Rockhampton airport, including more screening equipment and a dedicated FIFO area.

Rockhampton Regional Council revealed the plans today for a staged upgrade, with $7.79 million for the initial stages.

It says the Master Plan has been triggered by the Federal Government’s directive to strengthen security measures with the installation of new x-ray body and baggage scanners across regional airports by December 31.

“We have budgeted $7.79 million for the initial stages and we will seek grants to help us deliver future stages,” Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said.  

Mayor Margaret Strelow.

“In the first stage, we will see considerable improvement with a more spacious ground floor area to cater for the new screening, which is more than three times larger than our existing equipment.

“The departure lounge will absorb additional space devoted to more seating and food and retail outlets will be included in this area which has been a popular customer request.”

Council’s airport chair Neil Fisher said the new terminal design would offer a better experience for domestic passengers, a dedicated FIFO area and could cater for future growth of international passengers as well.

“I have to commend the design – this has been a long time coming and it addresses many of the things we have wanted to improve,” Cr Fisher said.

“The beauty of this design is that the terminal can work in multiple ways, giving the likes of our Singapore Armed Forces charters more flexibility with the scheduling of their flights, and even our FIFO workers a more streamlined check-in.”

The new $4.3 million security equipment incorporated in the upgrade will be funded entirely by the Federal Government’s Department of Home Affairs.

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