Coronavirus may have stopped the community events Brisbane Airport was planning to mark the opening of its new $1 billion runway, but organisers have come up with an ingenious replacement.
Instead, the airport will create a time capsule, reflecting a snapshot of 2020, to be opened in 50 years’ time.
The business is seeking suggestions from Queenslanders, traditional owners, airlines, schools and community groups for what items to include. Social distancing stickers will, no doubt, be included.
However, instead of burying the capsule, it will instead be housed in the Kingsford Smith Memorial alongside the historical ‘Southern Cross’ aircraft flown by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.
Airport chief executive Gert-Jan de Graaff said, “The time capsule is a small but significant way for community members to participate in the celebrations for the opening, while providing future generations with a glimpse of life in the year 2020, when it is opened in 50 years’ time.
“Particularly during these challenging times, the opening of this runway is a vote of confidence in Queensland’s future and our confidence in that future is just as strong as ever.”
The project to build it cost more than a $1 billion, took eight years of construction and demanded 3.3 million man-hours from 3,700 Australians.
It’s hoped it will slowly double the hub’s passenger numbers from 23.4 million to more than 50 million by 2040, increasing daily flights to 110 aircraft movements an hour.
The project was conceived 15 years ago and its construction was a joint venture between BMD Constructions and CPB Contractors.
At its peak, 650 people were on-site in mid-2019 and 324 subcontractors were hired, with around 90 per cent based in south-east Queensland. In total, the state reclaimed 11 million cubic metres of sand from Moreton Bay as part of the works.