Brisbane Airport unveils Experience Centre

Australia’s first airport Experience Centre was today officially opened by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, at Brisbane Airport.

The Experience Centre will incorporate information displays on the airport’s operations, historic multimedia presentations, interactive maps and a unique Australian-designed software program enabling the community to understand the current and future operations of Brisbane Airport and how these will impact on aircraft noise patterns across Greater Brisbane. It will include displays on aviation safety, security, border protection, environmental management, and the future growth of the aviation industry.

Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe said the Experience Centre is a major component of Brisbane Airport’s community engagement program.

“This Experience Centre has a number of functions designed to inform, explain, and engage – and to capture the many different aspects of Brisbane Airport and its operations,” Ms Alroe said.

“The Centre is designed to explain how your capital city airport operates, how aircraft are managed, how the airport is planned, and how we are meeting the challenges of growth. You will find lots of interesting facts and figures about the airport, its history and its role.

“The Centre is also intended to help residents make informed property and lifestyle choices based on the current and future impacts of aircraft operations, especially future flight paths and aircraft noise.”

To illustrate this information in the most effective and user-friendly format, BAC has incorporated interactive, state-of-the art technology to deliver meaningful and relevant data about the Airport’s operations.

The Experience Centre opening hours are 9am -6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 3pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays and will be open to the public from Saturday 17 July, 2010.

It will also have a feedback mechanism located in the centre, where people can provide comments and feedback.

The Experience Centre was a core commitment of the 2009 Master Plan. It compliments a suite of over 25 other engagement initiatives over 2010, such as the Brisbane Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group, the Brisbane Airport Community Forum and the Brisbane Airport Area Round Table.