The primary airfield upgrades involve extending the runway by 2,000 feet to 11,000 feet (3,353 metres); widening runway shoulders from 3 metres to 10.5 metres; and re-aligning, extending and widening the parallel taxiway for heavy aircraft movements. Works also include constructing two new operational readiness platforms at each end of the runway, upgrading an existing secondary taxiway to accommodate larger aircraft and upgrading the airfield stormwater drainage system. The existing aeronautical ground lighting system will be re-configured to complement the proposed airfield layout, and the existing navigation aids will be re-configured or replaced. Attachment 4 provides a plan of the proposed airfield works.
The proposed aircraft parking apron will be approximately 52,000 square metres to provide parking bays for four Code E aircraft. The apron pavements will be designed for heavy transport aircraft movements and will be graded to the airfield stormwater network. Environmental controls such as interceptor tanks will be installed to capture any fuel spills. Apron floodlighting will be installed to support night operations
The proposed aviation fuel farm will provide a total storage capacity of six mega litres. The two storage tanks will be made of steel, encased in concrete and earth-mounded for protection. The fuel distribution system will enable fuel to be off-loaded from road tankers, checked for quality, stored and then pumped into RAAF refuelling trucks or directly to aircraft parked on the nearby aircraft parking apron using an integrated hydrant refuelling system. The control system, pipework reticulation and hydrant systems have been designed to integrate with the planned United States fuel farm to be constructed under the United State Force Posture Initiatives.
The proposed fuel farm includes a control centre and fuel quality laboratory, tanker loading and off-loading equipment, electrical and mechanical services buildings and measures to protect the environment from potential fuel spills. A hydrant refuelling system, designed to support air mobility operations such as air to air refuelling, will service each of the four aircraft parking bays on the proposed Aircraft Parking Apron (Project Element C2-2).
The proposed Air Movements Terminal has been designed to enable a passenger handling capacity of 250 inbound or outbound personnel on domestic or international flights and a commensurate cargo handling capacity. The proposed facility comprises an administration area, a passenger handling area and an area for receipting and despatching cargo. Departures and arrivals areas will be separated. Areas for the quarantine and border security processing checks for international flights will also be constructed.
The existing engineering services infrastructure will be extended to provide new electrical, communications and hydraulics services to the proposed Fuel Farm, the Air Movements Terminal, aircraft parking apron, aeronautical ground lighting system and navigation aids. The proposed location of the new aircraft parking apron requires the western access road and gate to be relocated. The proposed western access gate will provide improved access for, and control of, heavy vehicles such as fuel tanker road trains and large logistics vehicles.