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Brisbane Airport forges new link with industry

26 Jul 2000

As Brisbane Airport develops into an Airport City with world-class transport and business facilities, its owners and operators are ensuring they are at the forefront of trends and issues in the urban development industry.

Brisbane Airport Corporation Ltd (BAC) is one of the newest members of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld), an organisation concerned with land use, urban planning and development.

"BAC wants to be fully informed of urban development issues and also to network with industry representatives who might benefit from our own experience in the industry. We think the UDIA will provide a good forum for the exchange of ideas and expertise, " said BAC's Manager of Strategic Planning Neil Bentley.

Mr Bentley said development projects in progress within Brisbane Airport's 2700ha site include:

a.. $220 million Airtrain Citylink passenger rail service

b.. $46 million 4-star hotel

c.. $13 million multi-deck car park

d.. $25 million expansion at the International Terminal

e.. $2.6 million apron extension at the Domestic Terminal

f.. $0.5 million refurbishment to the Domestic Terminal's central area

g.. $7.5 million Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service facility

h.. $7 million airfreight and warehousing distribution facilities

i.. $1.5 million headquarters for Black and White Cabs

Preliminary plans have been released for Brisbane Airport's $200 million Gateway precinct which will integrate business premises, high-tech warehouses, hotels and conference, tourist and leisure facilities.

"There is no doubt Brisbane Airport will take a leading role in Queensland's urban development industry as we progressively develop more transport infrastructure and commercial properties. We are a world-class airport and are becoming an important global trade and commerce centre. The UDIA will give us much closer, mutually-beneficial links to an industry that is vitally important to Queensland's future."

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