WORK to extend the Orange Airport runway and expand the taxiways as part of a multimillion upgrade has been given the final okay.
The $8.7 million project was approved on Tuesday by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) after members of the panel inspected the site, considered the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and spoke to Orange City Council development staff.
Airport Committee chair, councillor Chris Gryllis welcomed the approval.
"It's a very exciting day for Orange and essential expansion for Orange's future development," he said.
"This is a huge project and I want to congratulate our council staff for the way they have consulted with the nearby residents and sorted through the potential impacts of the project."
Work to demolish the old terminal and and build a $3.3 million replacement has already been approved and a construction company is expected to start work next week.
The project approved on Tuesday will include the extension of the main runway by about 538 metres, extension of the aircraft apron by about 5000 square metres, and construction of a new access road and realignment of nearby roads.
Tenders for the project will close on October 11.
Other costs associated with the upgrade include the relocation of a gas pipeline and the acquisition of land.
The airport expansion project is being jointly funded by the federal and state governments, Orange City Council and Cadia Valley Operations operator Newcrest.