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Old August 2nd, 2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Current Projects - As of 12/01/09

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SECTION 12: INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
{Approved} $24b Inpex Gas Plant (Darwin Harbour)
Set to be one of the largest projects in Australia's history and be a major boast to the Territory. The project is set to start in 2010 and will create 2000 jobs during construction, 300 jobs when completed and will bring $50 billion to the Territory economy over the next 20 years.

{U/C} $110m Tiger Brennam Drive Extension
The Northern Territory Government, Department of Planning and Infrastructure, (DPI) will design and construct 7.5km of roadworks, to extend Tiger Brennan Drive from Berrimah Road to the Stuart Highway, including an overpass at Stuart Highway/Roystonea Avenue.

{Proposed} $60m Darwin International Airport Expansion
Australian Infrastructure Fund is planning a expansion of the passenger terminal by an estimated 65 percent in a modern 3 level extension to cope with growing traffic. It will include improved retail precinct, two new aircraft parking bays, better security screening facilities, separate baggage reclaim and arrivals areas for domestic and international passengers, better security screening facilities and 160 new car spaces.

{Vision} $250m Darwin - Mandorah Bridge
There is discussion of building a bridge over Darwin Harbour connecting Darwin city with Mandorah in a aim to make it easier for people living on the Cox Peninsula and will also open the area for future development.

{Vision} Darwin City-Palmerston Light Rail Link
Vision for a light rail link between the Darwin City and fast growing town of Palmerston because of rising fuel costs, traffic congestion and population growth.

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Darwin Airport is set to be expanded, also in other news Jetstar will set up a international base at the airport.

Australian Infrastructure plans $60m Darwin Airport expansion
Source: News Bites

Australian Infrastructure Fund is planning a $60 million expansion of Darwin International Airport following strong growth over a number of years.

The redevelopment, designed to cater for forecast passenger growth to 2015, includes a 65% increase in terminal floor space with an improved retail precinct, two new aircraft parking bays, and additional car parking facilities.

Airport CEO Ian Kew said “This is the first major capital investment in the passenger terminal since it opened in 1991. In the past 10 years, the Airport Development Group has spent over $100 million on capital investment on the airport, the vast majority of it on aviation related projects. We have modernised the exterior, refurbished the terminal, improved traffic flow, provided covered walkways and refurbished lounges, however there has been no change to the size and layout of the terminal, leading to sub standard service.”

The expansion project will provide an extra 11,000sqm of floor space and a new goods delivery area.

Australian Infrastructure Fund owns 28.2% of Northern Territory Airports, the holding company for Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek airports.

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/...6?OpenDocument

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Old August 3rd, 2008, 05:57 AM   #2
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Further to the above;

Jetstar boosts services from Darwin airport
Steve Creedy, Aviation writer | August 02, 2008

JETSTAR has wasted no time leaping into the gap created by Tiger Airways Australia's decision to axe its Darwin services to Melbourne and Singapore.

The low-cost Qantas offshoot yesterday confirmed it had done a deal with the Northern Territory Government to make Darwin a hub for Airbus A320 aircraft operating as part of its near-Asian strategy.

It said it would seek to build the infrastructure necessary for the carrier to base up to seven aircraft in Darwin over the next five years, with three based there by the middle of next year. The airline is looking at linking to Asian destinations four to five hours from Darwin.

Jetstar currently operates 46 flights into and out of Darwin each week, including international services twice daily to Singapore.

It will add five weekly services to Ho Chi Minh City from September 1 and says both services will have some connections to Jetstar domestic services to Darwin from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Cairns.

Darwin would now be the pivot for the growth of Jetstar's Asian strategy, based on a short haul fleet of A320 aircraft, chief executive Alan Joyce said.

Mr Joyce said the airline would soon start recruiting in Darwin for cabin crew and other Jetstar related personnel.

"Over the next few years, as the hub builds momentum, Jetstar will be hiring a number of direct staff, but the potential indirect impact to tourism and industry opportunities and the boost to jobs cannot be underestimated," Mr Joyce said.

But he warned that challenges to the hub's viability included the need for a competitive charging regime at Darwin Airport.

Tiger announced on Thursday that it would axe its services to Darwin from October 26, blaming the move on high airport costs.

The airline had already reduced its flights to Darwin and recently cut flights to Newcastle in what appears to be a contraction of its network.

Tiger Aviation chief operating officer Steve Burns said the cost of operating to Darwin was the highest of any airport on the airline's network.

"This is an important point to stress -- combined airport and fuel costs in Darwin cost more than any of the 27 airports that the airline serves across Australia and Asia. It is just incompatible for a true low fare airline to operate to such a high cost destination," he said

The airline said it would continue to assess the situation at Darwin Airport, with the intention of re-establishing services in the future "if costs become more reasonable".

Tiger is also pressing the federal government to change aviation rules to allow it operate its Australian planes overseas.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...rom=public_rss

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August 01, 2008 02:31pm
DARWIN airport is to be developed as a new permanent hub for Jetstar services to Asia.

The discount airline today announced that up to seven planes and 280 flight crew would be positioned in Australia's far north.

The decision comes just a day after rival operator Tiger Aviation declared it was suspending its Melbourne-Darwin and Darwin-Singapore operations.

Blaming the fuel crisis and high charges incurred at Darwin, Tiger claimed that Darwin Airport was the most expensive to use in its network of 27 destinations.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson today sought to soften the blow to Territorians, announcing the NT Government and Jetstar had entered into a five-year agreement.

Jetstar says it will ramp up Darwin-Singapore flights to three a day and expand flights to Ho Chi Minh City via Darwin to five a week from September 1.

Qantas chief executive designate and Jetstar chief Alan Joyce told BusinessDaily that under the Darwin plan the discount airline's A320 passenger jets would be able to fly to a host of new destinations within four to five hours flying range of the city.

"With the support of the government, the airport and local industry we can potentially re-position Darwin as a strategic transport hub into near Asia, '' Mr Joyce said today.

He said a new airline hub also would provide the city with opportunities to sell its strategic geographic location to companies and industries looking to build Darwin-based businesses.

Mr Joyce said the indirect impact on tourism and industry opportunities, as well as jobs, could not be underestimated.

The first three planes will be based in in the Northern Territory by mid-2009, Mr Joyce said, describing the arrangement as a strategic pivot for the carrier's Asian growth strategy and its fleet of A320 Airbus jets.

The Northern Territory Government is backing the plan with a five year agreement to inject $8 million, comprising $5 million for airport related development and $3 million to underwrite sales and marketing.

At present Jetstar operates 46 flights into and out of Darwin each week, including international services twice daily to Singapore.

Both the Singapore and Vietnamese services will link with daily flights to Cairns and the major capitals.

Yesterday Tiger Airways said it would suspend Darwin flights from October 26 because of oil prices and because of the costs arising from using Darwin Airport.

Steve Burns, Tiger's chief operating officer, said it was incompatible for a low fare airline to operate to such a high cost destination.

Passengers with bookings before 26 October will still be able to fly.

Those booked for flights after that date will offered a full refund.

- witrh AAP
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...rom=public_rss

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Old August 3rd, 2008, 06:06 AM   #3
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Mind you the above news is actually old:

Expansion Plans Announced for Darwin International Airport
Monday, July 14, 2008


Darwin International Airport announced expansion plans yesterday coinciding with the 10th anniversary of its privatisation.

“This is the first major capital investment in the passenger terminal since it opened in 1991,” said Ian Kew Chief Executive Officer.

Investing $60 million into the project, the airport plans to expand the passenger terminal by an estimated 65 percent in a modern three-storey building, to handle the growing traffic expected in Darwin by 2015.

Also on the agenda will be the construction of two new aircraft parking bays for planes, the relocation of staff car parking facilities and the continued construction of 160 new car spaces.

“In the past 10 years, the Airport Development Group has spent over $100 million on capital investment on the airport, the vast majority of it on aviation related projects”

“We have modernised the exterior, refurbished the terminal, improved traffic flow, provided covered walkways and refurbished lounges, however there has been no change to the size and layout of the terminal, leading to sub‐standard service,”

The expansion will provide an extra 11,000 square metres of floor space and a new goods delivery area. It will also have better security screening facilities, improved retail areas, separate baggage reclaim and arrivals areas for domestic and international passengers, more boarding gates to streamline the flow of arrivals and departures.

Development plans for a home and lifestyle supercentre are still to be submitted to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, following the announcement of the plans late 2007 in a joint agreement with Ticor Developments.

Since the Darwin International Airport privatised, passenger numbers have grown from an estimated 1.1 million to 1.8 million, with the past three years showing 12 percent year on year growth.

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Old August 4th, 2008, 02:30 PM   #4
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In defence of Darwin International Airport, the high cost relates to security fees. The airport is required by law to have the same stringent security measures as the other, much larger airports in the southern states. There are less passengers going through Darwin compared to say Sydney, so the unit cost of security is higher.

Territorians are wary of these budget airlines and many don't like their poor level of service. In the past the NT Government gave millions to Virgin Blue only to see them pull out of Alice Springs when the subsidies ran out. They gave support to Tiger as well and look what's happened to them. I hope Jetstar goes the distance. But let's not forget the stayer in Territory skys: Qantas who, despite having forgotten that the 'NT' in their name stands for "Northern Territory", are still here.

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Old August 4th, 2008, 03:04 PM   #5
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Not to mention the very detailed carpet in the terminal!!





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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:26 PM   #6
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NT - Darwin International Airport Thread

Not sure if there is a thread. Seems ok, not sure about the black flooring .

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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:28 PM   #7
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where did you get the info?? have they designed it so its easy to expand if darwin keeps booming?
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Jezz that was quick, cant tell you secret.
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lol, so this isnt public info?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:42 PM   #10
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You could call it that indeed.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #11
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The info is on display in the Darwin International Airport terminal building. It is public. More information can be found at http://www.darwin-airport.com.au/Com...4/Default.aspx and at http://www.darwin-airport.com.au/Por...roject_web.pdf where you'll find the images shown above.

The original Darwin Airport was Australia's very first international airport.

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Old November 19th, 2008, 03:12 PM   #12
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no chance of the floor being black. only just finished the last upgrade which replaced the aboriginal themed ochre, black and white carpet with a very bright blue waterhole with green lilypads and flowers carpet.

as well as the painting on the ceilings of the walkways from the carpark.



the current mgt do not seem to favour minimalist design
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Old November 19th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #13
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where did you get the info?? have they designed it so its easy to expand if darwin keeps booming?
the original terminal was designed to be easily extended, and land around the terminal set aside for that.

staff parking has already gone from the eastern end of the terminal in readiness for the extension.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 11:12 PM   #14
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damn, i was hoping this was going to be about moving the whole base about 20 or so km's out of town, which would be the best thing that could happen to darwin. oh well. actually, now that i think about it, it is probably the airports location that is driving all this highrise because if you want to live close to the CBD your only real option now is an apartment because the base takes up so much of the land that would otherwise be low rise resi. hmmmm....
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damn, i was hoping this was going to be about moving the whole base about 20 or so km's out of town, which would be the best thing that could happen to darwin. oh well. actually, now that i think about it, it is probably the airports location that is driving all this highrise because if you want to live close to the CBD your only real option now is an apartment because the base takes up so much of the land that would otherwise be low rise resi. hmmmm....

moving the airport would cost an absolute fortune. Probably above $5 billion and possibly $10 billion or more.


not going to happen.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 03:35 AM   #16
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I can see it one day being relocated away from Darwin (same with Adelaide Airport)

Looking forward of checking out the latest revamp, hopefully....early February.

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NT - Infrastructure Projects & Discussion Thread

$110 million road upgrade to go ahead

NIGEL ADLAM

November 21st, 2008
WORK: Grader Driver Tony Alley at work on the Tiger Brennan Drive extension. Picture: Nick Welsh

WORK: Grader Driver Tony Alley at work on the Tiger Brennan Drive extension. Picture: Nick Welsh

THE Federal and Territory Governments yesterday guaranteed the third stage of Darwin's Tiger Brennan Drive extension would go ahead.

There were fears the final leg of the $110 million project - improving access to the Trade Development Zone - would be scrapped if stage two did not come in on budget.

But NT Transport Minister Delia Lawrie and Solomon MHR Damian Hale said they were confident stage two would finish on time and on budget - and the third stage would then start.

The $89 million stage two - the most ambitious part of the development - began yesterday with the clearing of land along Berrimah Rd.

Tiger Brennan Drv, Stuart Highway and Roystonea Ave will be linked by a 7.5km four-lane divided road.

There will be lights at the Tivendale Rd intersection, which will be realigned to form a T-junction with Wishart Rd.

The rail crossings at Wishart and Tivendale roads will be removed and replaced with one at the new T-junction.

There will be a major intersection with two overpasses at the entrance to Palmerston and a pedestrian bridge will be built over the Stuart Highway at the Thorngate Rd intersection.

Ms Lawrie said the roadworks would ease traffic congestion for the 34,000 vehicles travelling between Darwin and Palmerston and the rural area every week day.

"Territorians want to spend more time with their families and less time stuck in traffic," she said.

Mr Hale said he lived in Palmerston and understood the growing rush-hour traffic congestion.

"Being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic instead of spending time with your kids is not acceptable," he said.

He said the project would also take more trucks and semi-trailers off local streets.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/200...31_ntnews.html
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Yeah there were talks of relocating it once,
I think it has merit for moving it in the future:

A few websites which mention this are:

http://www.cdu.edu.au/sspr/documents...inplanning.pdf

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...8/ai_n17835207

http://www.airports-worldwide.com/au...n_airport.html

I believe it is also mentioned in the NT Airports corporation long term strategy as an option...... I read about it a long time ago....
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Yeah there were talks of relocating it once,
I think it has merit for moving it in the future:

A few websites which mention this are:

http://www.cdu.edu.au/sspr/documents...inplanning.pdf

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...8/ai_n17835207

http://www.airports-worldwide.com/au...n_airport.html

I believe it is also mentioned in the NT Airports corporation long term strategy as an option...... I read about it a long time ago....
NT Airports Corp, DCC, you, me all have about as much say as each other.
The airport is an airforce base with bomb proof fighter parking, bomber bays, workshops etc etc etc.

If defence decide they want to move then it will move. they are the sole arbiters of where the airport will be.

for the forseeable future i just can't see the Feds dropping $10B to move it.
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I highly doubt it would cost $10bn
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