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Alice Springs Airport Public Art Precinct

The Alice Springs Airport Public Art Precinct collection consists of 24 pillar bases, 18 bollards, canopies, awnings, a free standing sculpture, fence and signage. The art on display is an ode to the Central Australian artistic landscape, a statement with a positive message.

The public art project was commissioned by Northern Territory Airports to showcase the rich cultural diversity of Central Australia.

Local artists have helped to create a space for both visitors and locals to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the Central Australian desert.

The contributing indigenous and non–indigenous artists are from the Keringke Art Centre at Santa Teresa, Tapatjatjaka Art Centre at Titjikala and Alice Springs.

The artworks form a colourful canopy spanning the length of the taxi stand, pillars, bollards, awnings and the taxi stand fence, covering the airport’s exit area.

Local artists Pamela Lofts and Pip McManus created a ‘Storyleaves’ sculpture of three leaf like-forms evoking an Indigenous oral storytelling tradition whereby gum leaves, often representing characters in stories, are poked into the ground and moved around as the storyteller recounts the tale.

Northern Territory Airports and the Jumbana Group started the project in 2009 and worked with indigenous communities and art centres to run workshops as part of the project.

The factsheet can be downloaded here.

Artists

Santa Teresa Keringke Art Centre (80km south east of Alice Springs) 

Josette Young (pillar bases)
Patricia Ellis (pillar bases, awnings, canopy) 
Muriel Williams (pillar bases)
Rosina Ryder (taxi stand fence)

Titjikala Tapatjatjaka Art Centre (120km south of Alice Springs)

Nora Campbell (bollards, canopy)
Marcia Alice (bollards)
Annette Gilligan (awnings)

Non-indigenous

Pamela Lofts and Pip McManus (Storyleaves sculpture)

Community Aviation Consultation Group

CONSULTATION GROUP ROLE
The overall role of the Alice Springs Airport Community Consultation Group is to consult on community issues arising from Airport operations and developments.

Specifically, the work of the Consultation Group will include:
• existing and proposed Airport development and operations;
• steps being taken to implement or develop the Airport’s Master Plan;
• noise (including aircraft noise) and environmental issues;
• ground transport and access issues;
• improvements or changes to airport facilities;
• relevant reports from Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Airservices Australia and Civil Aviation Safety Authority; 
• the contribution of the airport to the local, regional and national economy.

The Consultation Group does not exist to resolve airport or aircraft related complaints or resolve aviation related commercial disputes.

Fact Sheet - What is the Aviation Community Consultation Group?

2018 Report

2017 Report

Alice Springs Airport Community Activities

For more information, please contact ConsultAliceSprings@ntairports.com.au.

Conference Room Hire

Need a venue for your next meeting? Alice Springs Airport can accommodate groups of up to 20 people in its comfortable conference rooms, and our staff can organise catering as required. Call us on 08 8951 1211 to arrange your booking.

Kilgariff Conference Room

Comfortably seats up to 20 people with facilities including:

Flat screen TV/monitor (HDMI connection)
Conference phone
Electronic whiteboard
Projector screen 
Free Wi-Fi internet
Kitchenette

Data projector hire: $35 per day

Pricing

$300 full day hire

$165 half day hire

MOLLY CLARK conference ROOM

Comfortably seats up to 16 people with facilities including:

Flat screen TV/monitor (HDMI connection)
Conference phone
Whiteboard
Projector screen 
Free Wi-Fi internet
Kitchen facilities

Data projector hire: $35 per day

Please note this room is only accessible by stairs

Pricing

$250 Full day hire

$137.50 Half day hire

 

 

 

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Alice Springs Airport Solar Energy Project

Stage Two

Major Airport of the Year 2014

Alice Springs Airport is the Australian Airports Association (AAA) Major Airport of the Year for 2014.

AAA represents more than 260 airports and aerodromes across the country, and its annual awards recognise excellence within Australia’s airport industry. Alice Springs Airport was recognised for its innovative solar energy project.

Combining premium parking with renewable energy

Alice Springs Airport now generates 50 per cent of its energy needs from the sun. Stage two of its ground-breaking solar project cleverly combines premium parking facilities with clean, green power production.

By harnessing the desert climate’s plentiful sunshine, the regional facility is now one of the most sustainable and forward thinking airports in Australia.

With an eye firmly fixed on self-sufficiency, the latest solar energy push has seen Alice Springs Airport emerge as a leader in renewable energy efficiency and business innovation, both within its local community and among the nation’s airport operators. 

A staged approach to sustainability

With at least 350 cloudless days a year and 10 hours of sunshine most days, Alice Springs is a natural choice for a solar energy push. 

Alice Springs was the first Australian airport to reap the benefits of investing in large scale photovoltaic solar technology feeding back to its internal electricity grid.

The original 235 kW power station was completed in 2010 under stage one and delivered a quarter of airport’s power needs.

In May 2014 a $1.9 million expansion of the solar farm was completed, more than doubling the airport’s capacity to produce its own power from the sun. The investment represents the second stage of a long-term strategy to improve the airport’s energy efficiency and demonstrate the many benefits of solar production to the local community.

The latest 325 kW photovoltaic (PV) system involves 996 panels were installed on top of expansive steel parking structures, serving the dual purpose of mounting the solar panels and providing 98 shaded, premium car spaces.

The additional panels produce enough energy to power 90 homes for a year, and offset the equivalent of 420 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. All up, Alice Springs Airport is offsetting 890 tonnes of carbon annually using solar energy.

Stage One

Alice Springs Airport
Winner of a 2011 PowerWater Melaleuca Award
(Industry/Commercial category)

 

Alice Springs is one of seven Solar Cities in the Australian Government’s $94 million Solar Cities Program.

Alice Springs Airport’s Solar Power Station opened for business in September 2010 and, using Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) technology, now supplies about 28 per cent of the airport’s energy needs.

Alice Springs is the first Australian airport to have a large scale (over 100kW) photovoltaic system providing a direct source of renewable energy to its internal grid.

Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) systems are an emerging solar technology that offer perhaps the greatest opportunity for cost reductions in photovoltaic (PV) systems. They are more efficient as they track the sun over the day whereas traditional solar power systems are most efficient only when the sun is shining directly onto the solar arrays.

The project, valued at $2.3 million, resulted from a grant of $1.132 million from the Australian Government, as part of the Alice Solar City Project.

National solar energy specialist Ingenero was the principal contractor for the solar power station, which is about 700 metres north-west of the terminal building.

Reducing the Airport’s carbon emissions by about 470 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year (the equivalent of about 70 Alice Springs households per annum), the Airport has also implemented a number of energy efficiency measures inside the airport terminal building.  These initiatives reconfirm Northern Territory Airports’ commitment to sustainability.

Rodger Whitby, General Manager, Generation for Ingenero, said the company had searched the world for the best Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) technology and is pleased to have built this “first of its kind” solar installation in the southern hemisphere.

“We chose SolFocus as technology partner because of its leading edge solar concentration technology. The concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) arrays use mirrored dishes to magnify the sun’s energy 650 times,” he said.

The 7m x 8m arrays are brought to life each day by the sun.  They follow the sun throughout each day, much like sunflowers, creating clean, renewable energy for the airport.

Local labour was used to install the 28 arrays, and the project was finished on time, on budget and to the highest standards.