Milestone for construction of new Airservices facility in Broome16-11-2010 -
Airservices today marked a milestone in the construction of the organisation’s new combined air traffic control tower and fire station at Broome Airport with the pouring of the concrete foundations for the $20 million facility.
Excavations for the footings of the new facility were carried out in early October and over 500 metres of trenching for the extension of electricity, water and sewer services to the site has also been completed.
The milestone came as Airservices prepared to begin managing air traffic at the airport from a temporary air traffic control tower. Service will begin on 18 November.
Airservices Chief Executive Officer, Greg Russell, said that the new combined facility reinforces Airservices commitment to the development and implementation of key infrastructure to make aviation safer and more efficient in regional Australia.
“With a significant increase in aircraft movements expected over the coming years, this facility is a demonstration of our commitment to provide safe, efficient air traffic operations in the region well into the future,” Mr Russell said.
The new four storey tower will be fitted out with the latest technology and be built to withstand cyclones. The facility will also include rain water collection for landscape irrigation and vehicle cleaning.
The new fire station component will incorporate two vehicle bays to house high-performance fire tenders, a maintenance bay and an observation tower housing a fire control centre.
Staff facilities include a training room, gymnasium, kitchen and BBQ area.
“The new tower will improve safety and efficiency by providing controllers with better airfield views and more modern equipment. It will also ensure that our aviation fire fighters are better able to respond to any incident within minutes,” Mr Russell said.
Seven air traffic controllers and 20 aviation fire fighters will be based at Broome and will work across three shifts. Airservices has had an aviation rescue and fire fighting service in temporary facilities at the airport since August 2008.
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