The Sunshine Coast Council has announced the John Holland Group has been awarded a major project worth around $225 million.
Early works on the expansion project include the completion of Finland Road to prepare for heavy vehicle traffics, engaging with the Kabi Kabi First Nation People to protect the cultural heritage of the land, and clearing the centreline and relocating the water main and power lines.
John Holland Group will take over the project site to begin preparing the site for dredging works later this year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the new runway would be able to handle aircraft the size of an Airbus A330 or Boeing 787.
“I congratulate Sunshine Coast Council on awarding the contract today. It will create 2,230 jobs in the region and return $4.1 billion to the local economy over the next 20 years,” said Mr McCormack.
According to the John Holland Group, the project is expected to open up the region to the world and is on track for completion by Christmas 2020.
Current estimates for the entire project is $303 million which includes design, environment offsets and works already undertaken.
John Holland Group Chief Executive Officer Joe Barr said the company had extensive experience working on airport projects and was excited to partner with the Sunshine Coast Council to support the region’s continued growth.
“The Sunshine Coast is a magnificent part of the world and we are pleased to be part of the journey on this significant project for the future of the region,” Mr Barr said.
“We already have an association with the region, having delivered the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital a few years ago and with our involvement in the planned development of the Maroochydore CBD.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said this is the biggest construction project delivered by Sunshine Coast Council.
“We can build this new runway for our future, without passing any enduring financial burden on to our community,” Cr Jamieson said.
“With this project now entering its major construction phase, the sky’s the limit on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.