Airport responds to council's environmental concerns

GOLD Coast Airport has responded to Tweed Shire Council's submission to its Project Lift Preliminary Draft Major Development Plan.

The council last week voted to send its submission, outlining environmental concerns, to the airport.

Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer David Collins said he was pleased by the strong community and stakeholder response to Project Lift.

He said 230 jobs were expected to be created during the redevelopment, with 180 ongoing full-time positions.

"The Northern Rivers and Gold Coast regions will benefit from the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment through an increase in tourism, which is expected to contribute tourism expenditure of more than $62 million per year to the regions," Mr Collins said.

The airport did not respond to questions about the council's concerns, including the impact on endangered flora and fauna, but said submissions would be sent to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for consideration.

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