THIRTY-SEVEN years after it opened, the Orange Airport terminal is no more, with work on its demolition finished.
Its $3.3 million replacement will be more modern, roomier and ready to open in 12 months.
Orange mayor John Davis and aerodrome committee chair councillor Chris Gryllis were on site to witness the last truckloads of debris being taken away from the terminal last Thursday.
“It’s quite staggering how quick it’s gone ... they’re starting straight away with the new terminal,” Cr Davis said.
It took just days for construction firm Momentum Built to demolish the terminal and the site is now fenced off.
Cr Davis said council’s partnership with the Orange Aero Club to use the new Max Hazelton Aero Centre as a temporary terminal in exchange for a contribution towards the new building was “absolutely fantastic”.
Cr Gryllis agreed and said the transition had been smooth.
“I hope the construction of the new facility won’t be far away,” he said.
An average of 15 to 20 people will be working on site, but the number could rise to 30 to 40 people during peak periods.
Work will begin this week on new trenches to relocate the gas pipeline.
So far a work site compound has been set up and a load of pipes have arrived on site.
Construction tenders are being assessed for the extension of the runway, the expansion of the taxiways, the construction of a new access road and realignment of nearby roads.