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The Nile River Has Arrived on the Sunshine Coast

  • 13 Aug 2018

Council’s largest infrastructure project has reached another milestone with The Nile River delivering the first sand for the foundation for Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway.

 

A trailing suction hopper dredge, The Nile River will become a familiar sight along our coastline as it undertakes its work to deliver sand from the Spitfire Realignment Channel in Moreton Bay.

 

The bright green, 150-metre long vessel, will make up to three trips a day, seven days week until the end of October 2018.

 

At the beginning of each trip it will lower two suction devices to the sea bed in an existing sand extraction area and vacuum up around 12,000 cubic metres of loose sand.

 

The loaded vessel then makes the 72km trip along the North-West Shipping Channel to connect with a pump out facility off Marcoola.

 

The sand is pumped along 4.5km of pipeline in place on the sea bed and underneath the David Low Way, around the existing runway and out to the sand containment area.

 

 

ENDS…

Media contact:

Cassie Glanville, Communication Officer, Sunshine Coast Council

E: cassandra.glanville@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au         T: 0439 161 086

 

Fast facts:

  • New runway 2,450 metres long and 45 metres wide
  • $4.1 billion contribution to Gross Regional Product (2020 - 2040)
  • Potential to reach new destinations at home and abroad
  • 63 hectares of land will be rehabilitated to offset ecological impacts
  • 2,230 new full-time direct and indirect jobs by 2040
  • 3,500 fewer dwellings affected by five or more aircraft noise events of 70 decibels or more in 2020
  • In 2040, 5000 fewer dwellings affected by five or more aircraft noise events of 70 decibels or more
  • Potential to attract up to two million passengers to the Sunshine Coast annually.
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