Environmental approvals and management
  • Last updated:
  • 26 Apr 2022

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project has the approvals required from all levels of government to proceed.

Environmental management

The project includes a number of environmental initiatives with recent progress on the following:

  • 1.25 hectares of closed heath vegetation comprising Mount Emu She-oak tiles have been relocated. A further 198 individual trees have been relocated.
  • Habitat improvements to expand the existing wallum heath areas to support frog and ground parrot populations have started.
  • A conservation corridor to provide connectivity between the national parks to the north and south of the new runway has been designed.
  • Additional environmental offsets are to be carried out at the Lower Mooloolah River Environmental Reserve.

Environmental management plans

Environmental impact statement

The Queensland State Coordinator-General’s report delivered on 19 May 2016 approved the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and confirmed the project will deliver major economic and social benefits to the region. Any adverse environmental impacts can be acceptably avoided, minimised, mitigated or offset through the implementation of the measure and proponent commitments outline in the EIS documentation.

The EIS is available for viewing on the Coordinator-General’s website.

See the online aircraft noise information tool, created for the EIS consultation process, to review the aircraft noise over existing addresses for the airport and forecast for 2020 and 2040. 


The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project team and the construction contractor John Holland, are aware of a number of kangaroos on the site. John Holland ensures spotter/catchers are on site for all active areas to keep these animals out of harm's way as work progresses. The fencing has been installed along the utility track to maintain north/south fauna passage on the western boundary of the site. All of the existing underpasses on the Sunshine Coast Motorway remain accessible for fauna movement under the motorway.

Temporary fencing is being used to restrict access to areas of higher risk, as required. Animals are still able to pass through our site between the two separate areas of the national park to the north and south of the project for access to their food and water sources.

White Spot Disease

The project environmental officers are in regular contact with the regulatory authority, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), to stay informed of any changes.

The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project dredge footprint was in an existing sand extraction area in the Spitfire Realignment Channel in Moreton Bay, and sat outside the DAF Movement Restriction Area (MRA) for white spot virus. The MRA was selected to correlate with fishing licensing boundaries.

White Spot virus has been found in a number of species in Deception Bay and near Redcliffe Peninsular which is more than 10 kms from the dredge site. White Spot virus does not survive in a dead host for any great length of time.

Surveys have shown little likelihood that any species prone to white spot virus are located within the dredge footprint (due to lack of seagrass).

More information on white spot is available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.