MOVING AHEAD: Carol and Randal McFarlane are excited about the new airport, which will complement the helipad near Gatton.
MOVING AHEAD: Carol and Randal McFarlane are excited about the new airport, which will complement the helipad near Gatton. Derek Barry

Lockyer Valley Airport set for takeoff in 2014

A NEW Lockyer Valley airport may only be a matter of six months away if regional airport land owner Randal McFarlane has his way.

Fresh from the recent success of the opening of the new helipad on Main Green Swamp Rd, Mr McFarlane said he hoped the airport itself would be up and running by "quarter three of 2014".

"The airport development is coming along slowly - we've had to do a lot more detailed engineering and other things with construction," Mr McFarlane said.

"Moving forward over Christmas and the January holiday season, not a lot happens."

Mr McFarlane said they were looking at commencing construction in quarter one of 2014 and it could take under six months to complete, weather permitting.

"I remain optimistic and of the view that if you build it, they will come - this is a great business opportunity for the Lockyer Valley," he said.

Mr McFarlane said he was delighted the helipad was now open for business.

"We've had great feedback and the Westpac Rescue chopper pilot said it was brilliant with good approaches," he said.

"There will be permanent re-fuelling facilities built on the airport. In the interim temporary facilities will be available next to the helipad."


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