Wellcamp scores Webcke as latest airport ambassador

May 15, 2014

One of Queensland’s favourite sporting greats has thrown his weight behind one of Australia’s most exciting new projects – The Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, near Toowoomba.

Former Brisbane Broncos player Shane Webcke, who grew up and lives on the Darling Downs, will join ranks with Australian Netball Captain Laura Geitz as an ambassador for the new jet-capable airport, which is set to open towards the end of the year.

“I’m delighted to be involved in this grass-roots project, which will not only be a huge coup for the local community but will give the rest of Australia the opportunity to visit our beautiful region,” says Webcke, who volunteered for the ambassador role.

 Once opened, the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport will be the first public airport to be built in Australia in almost 50 years. Initial passenger routes could potentially include Sydney, Melbourne, Emerald, Townsville, Roma, Mackay, Cairns and Adelaide and passengers will potentially be able to through-connect to the rest of the world.

Developed by Toowoomba-based construction company Wagners, the multi-million-dollar project will feature a 2.87km runway, a world-class airport terminal, which will be the anchor tenant for the adjacent five-star Wellcamp Business Park, set to attract leading national transport and logistics, food processing, aviation and manufacturing companies.

“We are extremely proud to be able to build an important piece of infrastructure that will greatly improve connectivity for inland Queensland and benefit communities in the Toowoomba and Surat Basin region,” said Mr Wagner, whose company celebrates its 25th anniversary later this year.

 He said in addition to regular passenger flights, Wellcamp Airport would offer huge exporting opportunities with the Toowoomba region the second largest agricultural producer in Australia.

The airport project will not only be a huge ‘game changer’ it will also be the world’s ‘greenest’ airport.

 Wagners’ has developed an award-winning Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC), product, which will be used throughout the airport project, including the taxiways, apron and runway.

 “It will be the world’s most environmentally-friendly airport built with our own low carbon, cement-free, geopolymer concrete.

 “EFC is the world’s lowest carbon concrete and contains one of the highest levels of sulphate and chloride resistance,” said Mr Wagner.

 About 30,000 cubic metres of EFC will be used in the project, yielding a CO2 reduction of 6600 tonnes compared to using normal Portland Cement-based concrete.