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Moruya Airport upgrade

Project: Redevelopment of the Moruya Airport, including terminal and runway upgrades, increased passenger and aircraft parking and expanded commercial and tourism spaces.

Start: January 2017

Funding secured: $9.73 million (including $7.11 million in Government grants and $2.62 million from Council)

Details

Moruya Airport is important to local businesses and many others in our community and provides vital economic, social and medical links to Sydney and beyond. Council regularly looks at options that may help the airport meet the ever changing needs of Eurobodalla residents and visitors.

In 2015, Council adopted a Master Plan which identified redevelopment opportunities for the airport precinct.

In 2016, Council was successful in attracting funding commitments from the NSW and Australian Governments of $7.1 million to which Council will add $2.5 million to commence this development.

The funding will be used to build the infrastructure needed for future passenger growth at the airport, including:

  • improvements to the airport terminal
  • improved road access
  • provision of three-phase power
  • water and sewer infrastructure to support expanded business and tourism opportunities
  • runway surface and lighting upgrades
  • improved passenger and aircraft parking facilities
  • additional aviation hangars.

Planes at Moruya airport

Moruya Airport Master Plan

On 26 May 2015, Council adopted a Master Plan which identifies a strategic direction for the airport and potential redevelopment opportunities.

On 9 June 2015, Council endorsed a business case based on the Master Plan for Moruya Airport, which confirms the financial viability of each potential development phase in detail.

The Master Plan for Moruya Airport includes a series of potential development phases and will help Council make decisions about how to proceed through each phase.

Council has already completed a 30 year operational plan that explains what is required for the airport to remain fully functional with a regular passenger service.

Latest news

November 2018

  • Water and sewer connections have been made  to the four-lot subdivision.
  • We are now focusing on providing water and sewer services to the terminal building.
  • Detailed design works are getting underway for the upgrade to the runway.

October 2018

  • Work has begun to provide underground 3 phase power to the four-lot subdivision in the airport precinct.
  • The high voltage power will be supplied from the power pole near Garlandtown Bridge on George Bass Drive.
  • First we will lay conduits underground and then we can pull electrical cables from one end to the other.
  • An electrical contractor will then be engaged to make the connections.
  • Aviation related businesses are welcome to register interest in leasing a site by emailing council. For more information, contact Council’s Divisional Manager Property and Commercial Services, Andrew Greenway on 02 4474 1000.

September 2018

  • The airport apron has been extended to significantly increase the aircraft parking area.

  • We have upgraded a stretch of Bruce Cameron Drive where it ties into the road servicing the aircraft hangers. The first section of the service road has also been upgraded and is now sealed.
  • Water and sewer infrastructure works have been progressing. Town water and sewer systems will service the airport precinct via pipes previously installed beneath the river from Moruya Heads.
  • Work on the extension to the taxiway is progressing well and is expected to be completed in December.
  • We welcome aviation related businesses to register interest in leasing a site by emailing council. For more information contact Council’s Divisional Manager Property and Commercial Services Andrew Greenway on 02 4474 1000.

August 2018

  • Work has progressed well with half of all civil works completed for Stage 1 East.
  • Earthworks have been a main focus with crews concentrating on the taxiway and subdivision area (see photo below).
  • Water main and sewer pod works are 90% complete.
  • Council welcomes interest from any business with links to aviation to register interest in leasing a site by emailing council@esc.nsw.gov.au. For more information contact Council’s Divisional Manager Property and Commercial Services Andrew Greenway on 02 4474 1000.

July 2018

  • The first lessee in the new area has commenced construction works on their development.
  • Council's infrastructure works are progressing well and on schedule.
  • Council welcomes interest from any business with links to aviation to register interest in leasing a site by emailing council@esc.nsw.gov.au. For more information contact Council’s Divisional Manager Property and Commercial Services Andrew Greenway on 02 4474 1000.

April 2018

  • On 12 April 2018 Council hosted a small ceremony to acknowledge the input so far from the Custodians of the land and Local Aboriginal Lands Councils, and to welcome the start of Stage 1 construction.
  • Council has completed on-site work for geotechnical investigations and scar tree surveys on the eastern lots.
  • Construction work is underway to on underground infrastructure to cater for the subdivision at the eastern end of the precinct, including storm water, water, sewer, three-phase power and telecommunication connections, and constructing a connecting taxiway.
  • Council welcomes interest from any business with links to aviation to register interest in leasing a site by emailing council@esc.nsw.gov.au. For more information contact Council’s Divisional Manager Property and Commercial Services Andrew Greenway on 02 4474 1000.

March 2018

  • The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage granted an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit for components of Stage 1 construction to proceed.

October 2017

  • The final Archaeological Report and Intangible Cultural Values Study have been provided to Registered Aboriginal Parties and stakeholders for consultation. After this process has been completed, they will be submitted to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to seek a construction permit for components of Stage 1 development.
  • Council has commenced discussions to develop a Brierley Boat Ramp Foreshore Plan to enhance and preserve the identified cultural values associated with this part of the site. The plan will consider installation of formalised parking, toilet and picnic facilities, interpretive signage, maintenance of the rock wall and boat ramp, and the planting of culturally valuable flora species.

July 2017

  • The new terminal is finished and open for business!

Dawn at the completed terminal - July 2017

June 2017

  • Upon request by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Council commissioned an Anthropologist to prepare an Intangible Cultural Values Study for Moruya North Head including the Airport land. This study was completed on 28 June 2017 and recommended further studies, including investigation into possible scar trees, burial protocols in consultation with the Aboriginal community, research into a possible historical Aboriginal reserve and historic photographic evidence of a possible Bora ring. These studies have since been commissioned or completed.
  • Work is progressing on an upgrade of the Moruya Airport terminal and Council’s carpentry team has expanded the terminal building and improved its overall appearance. The expansion includes a designated space that has the potential for a cafĂ©, should an operator come on board.
  • Still to come is the new and increased seating, an additional check-in desk, signage and information and landscaping works.

Image of the almost completed terminal upgrade

May 2017

  • Council's archaeologist and team carried out test pitting in Airport redevelopment Stage 1 sites between 13 March and 1 May 2017. This process involved all materials excavated from the auger and test pits to be sifted, then analysed. If any objects were identified, the material was then recorded and the archaeologist analysed the results and prepared a report. A representative from either the Mogo Local Aboriginal Lands Council or the Cobowra Local Aboriginal Lands Council was present at all times to monitor the activity.

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March 2017

  • Upgrades to the airport terminal started in January and include additional passenger space inside the terminal and a modern open design offering improved comfort and accessibility. We are also refurbishing the amenities, adding an accessible toilet and providing additional office space.
  • Terminal improvements are scheduled to be finished by June.
  • We are continuing consultation with the Aboriginal community and maintaining engagement during test pitting activities which started on 13 March. Approval for test pitting has been given for the areas highlighted in yellow on the map below.

Map showing the area approved for test pitting

More information

For more information about the Moruya Airport upgrade, please contact Carl Ginger, Project Engineer:

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