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Airport master plan

Monday, 1st September, 2008

A master plan for the city's airport is pushing ahead, with City Council to invited five companies to tender for its preparation.

Council will pay $50,000 for the plan to make sure the area is developed properly.

ARUP, AIRBIZ, Connel Wagner, Meinhardt and Rehbein AOS were chosen following a call for expressions of interest. 
Council's General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said the plan would provide for a 20-year development plan for the airport. 

"This plan is designed to ensure the long term sustainability of the airport," Mr Zaknich said. 

"The plan will ensure that any proposed upgrade or potential leasing of the facility achieves the best outcomes for Broken Hill and the Council."

It will also include the promotion of Broken Hill and the Far West as a tourist destination and facilitate the continued presence of the Royal Flying Doctor Base and additional business and commercial development of the airport.

Mr Zaknich said the investment of $50,000 in the plan was essential.

"Council could opt not to undertake a Master Plan but this would mean that future developments at the airport would be completed on an ad hoc basis. Such an approach could lead to inappropriate development which might hamper rather than assist the future development of the airport," Mr Zaknich said. 

Expressions of interest to tender for the project were received from nine companies. The chosen five were considered to have the most compatible qualifications and experience to complete the project.

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