- Council: Bulloo Shire Council
- Fund: Remote Communities Infrastructure Fund
- Category: Road and Transport Infrastructure
- Round: 1
The new terminal delivers an improved and welcoming gateway to Thargomindah, boosts tourist and FIFO numbers through more flights, and offers locals better links to health and education.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
- Building our Regions funding for the terminal has enabled council to invest funds in other vital projects such as the Thargomindah/Quilpie Road, dog pound, hydro power plant upgrade, community Christmas tree and landfill improvements.
- Thargomindah can promote itself as a tourist destination with a terminal that can process 14 extra flights per week, bringing more tourists and boosting business for accommodation providers and tourism operators.
- Extra jobs will be supported through extended hours of operation and maintenance.
- The airport will continue to be used as a FIFO stopover, generating business and revenue through re-fuelling.
- The extra flights and better facilities will be an important drawcard in attracting and retaining contract staff such as directors of nursing, teachers and police. This project will make Thargomindah more attractive in comparison to other regional towns.
- Private flights/charters that carry tourists to Birdsville and Lake Eyre, and mustering operators will also benefit.
- A more pleasant experience—particularly for those with lengthy delays between flights—for passengers using the intra-regional aviation network linking Birdsville, William Creek, Cunnamulla, St George, Toowoomba and Brisbane.
- The type and frequency of visiting health services will increase, and services will be enhanced for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Life Flight, which average eight trips a month.
- Boarding school students will have greater transport options, with a flight to Toowoomba saving a five-hour drive.
- This project will address the isolation of the 406 permanent residents that can occur for up to four weeks each year during the wet season by enabling supplies, medical treatment and workforces to be delivered. During the floods in 2011 the airport was used as a base for aerial search and rescue, while during 2012’s bushfires it was used by water bombers.
- An improved sewerage plant.
- Additional shade for passengers.
- Improved water use on any new landscaping.
- New terminal with 39 additional seats and a ground floor area of 325.60 square metres—five times the seating and 6.5 times the size of the original structure.
- Bathrooms with disabled access.
- Aircrew lunch and restroom.
- CASA security requirements.
Disclaimer: Information on this page may change over the life of the project. Funding amounts referenced are as approved.