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Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is seeking Expressions of Interest for a joint venture

partner to help realise its new vision for Airport Central – a new automotive precinct with

dealerships, servicing, offices and associated retail in one convenient location at the precinct.

BAC says the Auto Mall concept at the airport precinct will be an Australian first, with

the vision to include a Mark Skaife-designed driving test track. BAC CEO Julieanne Alroe

says the 50-hectare site is a perfect location to provide a world-class facility just 10km from

the CBD. “Our research identified a need in the market for a convenient multi-purpose

automotive destination which will redefine the consumer experience,” she says.

V8 Supercar and Bathurst 1000 champion Mark Skaife says the test track is a unique

concept. “Being able to drive a car straight from the showroom onto a purpose-built test

track, without having to wait at traffic lights and sit in congestion, is fantastic – you don’t

even have to be a car fanatic to appreciate that. It’s a unique way for customers to try out a

new vehicle and a great way for dealerships to sell the features of their cars.”

The test track could be used for special events, car club activities and driver training.

Commercial property agent JLL is managing the Expressions of Interest on behalf of BAC.

Interested parties should contact JLL or see


In August Virgin Australia will celebrate 15 years at

Brisbane Airport. In 2000, as Virgin Blue, it set up

its first base at the airport with two aircraft. Today it

operates more than 120 flights in and out of Brisbane

every day, and has a purpose-built maintenance

hangar and training facilities in the airport precinct.

The airline recently announced it has also

established a long haul international cabin crew base, a

long haul international pilot base and a dedicated East

Coast charter operations base in Brisbane. At the time

of the announcement Virgin Australia chief executive

John Borghetti said, “Queensland continues to be a

key market for Virgin Australia and the establishment

of the new bases is testament to that.”

The airline has also recently introduced daily flights

between Brisbane and Los Angeles. “Virgin Australia

now flies from Brisbane direct to more than 40

destinations. The team at Brisbane Airport has always

been supportive of new initiatives, flights and service

improvements. We look forward to the next 15

years and beyond,” says Virgin Australia chief

operating officer Gary Hammes.

BNE July/August 2015 |


Wine and dine at new terminal

Brisbane Airport Corporation will officially unveil the new look International Terminal in October

following a $45 million redevelopment but new venues continue to open as smart new spaces are

completed. For example, Windmill & Co (

pictured above left

), named after an iconic landmark, the

heritage-listed Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, is a sleek new bar serving up its own

brand of craft beer on tap and bistro food showcasing local produce. At Brisbane River Grill (



) patrons can admire a full wall mural by artist Alex Hotchin of the river that runs through our city

while dining on prime Aussie beef, fresh seafood and pastries from Le Bon Choix patisserie. Other new

retailers include Australian Produce Store, Merino Collection and Australian Way for products sourced

from South East Queensland and beyond. More retailers coming soon.



Following the success of its

new service between Brisbane

and Tamworth, regional airline

Jetgo Australia is launching

scheduled flights between

Brisbane and Dubbo starting

from 20 July*. Initially Jetgo

will provide three direct

flights per week on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays,

departing from the Domestic

Terminal at Brisbane Airport,

and for the first month

will offer a $99 one way

promotional fare (one way

fares normally start from $248).

For more information or to

book call 1300 328 000 or see

*Subject to regulatory approval