Brisbane Airport - New Parallel Runway Project


To cope with the rapidly growing number of flights and to accommodate future growth, a new parallel runway (NPR) and associated infrastructure, on a low lying coastal area, parallel to Brisbane Airport’s existing runway is proposed.

Brisbane Airport is situated on a 2700 hectare precinct which accommodates a range of activities including domestic and international terminals with aviation and business operations. The site is adjacent to Moreton Bay Marine Park (a Ramsar site and marine park), Nudgee Beach, Boondall Wetlands and the Kedron Brook Floodway which all have important ecological and social values which need to be considered during any development planning.

Brisbane Airport's location means that climate change could potentially affect the proposed NPR. Functional long-term design must consider future condition predictions in order to deliver a product which is fit for purpose. Given the strong role weather plays in the successful and sustainable operation of an airport, the NPR design considered both historical and future predictions of weather and climate.

The design process was supported by a comprehensive, 22-month stakeholder engagement program comprising information kits, factsheets, a website, a freecall information line, media advertising, public information sessions, displays in shopping centres and libraries, and briefings for key groups, and public comment was invited on an Environmental Impact Statement and Major Development Plan.

Risks and Impacts Addressed 

Given the sub-tropical location of the site and its proximity to the coast, the key climate change related risks were identified as sea level rise, storm surge, local/regional flood events and increase in average temperatures.

Drivers for Adaptation Action 

In 2005, engineering design and Environmental Impact Assessment process started.

Outcomes Achieved 

Climate resilience factored into infrastructure design.