Progress to Sunshine Coast 2040 continues

August 19, 2018 by  

The Sunshine Coast 2040 project has seen significant progress in its first year of works.

The vision for Sunshine Coast 2040 was first released to the public in March 2017. A report entitled “The Activated City: Imagining the Sunshine Coast in 2040” by Bernard Salt estimates around the city will have 550,000 inhabitants in around 20 years’ time. Key drivers for growth include major projects already ongoing, the Sunshine Coast airport upgrade and the new Maroochydore Central Business District development.

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project turned sod in April 2018. Dredging activities are currently ongoing and slated to be complete by the end of October, prior to the turtle nesting season.

The main component of the upgrade works is the construction of a new runway, wider and longer than the existing infrastructure. The current runway measures 1,797m x 30m, and this limits the growth of current services in terms of passenger numbers and aircraft sizes. The new runway will be 2,450m long and 45m wide, allowing larger aircrafts to be serviced by the airport, increasing passenger numbers and cargo-handling capacity as well.

Major benefits from the airport upgrade include:

• Additional destinations with potential direct flights to Asia and Western Pacific nations
• An estimated $4.1b contribution to the regional economy from 2020 to 2040
• The generation of approximately 2,200 jobs

Construction for the airport upgrade is expected to be completed in June 2020, with commissioning activities scheduled for a year, allowing a fully operational airport in June 2021.

The expected growth in tourism and additional commerce anticipated from the upgraded airport will lead to business growth in the region. Major works such as these often make use of brochure printing to keep locals updated on progress.