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A DIRECT factory outlet selling 130 brands and an 18-hole three-par golf course for transit passengers and workers at Brisbane Airport could open within six months.
This follows City Hall's announcement yesterday to drop legal action against the Brisbane Airport Corporation project.
The corporation's board today will consider immediate construction of the golf course and direct retail outlet which comprise stage one of the Brisbane Airport's $A200 million retail and commercial precinct on 90ha at No. 1 Airport Drive.
If it begins building, the corporation will be showing supreme confidence that remaining Federal Court legal action by the Westfield Group will fail to stop the project.
The Courier-Mail yesterday inspected No. 1 Airport Drive: not only is the bridge over Airport Drive completed, but the roads, street signs, and roundabouts are in place.
The BAC's ability to fast-track No. 1 follows an announcement by Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and Deputy Mayor David Hinchliffe that the council had dropped its legal action against the project.
Cr Newman confirmed the corporation had agreed to help fund the extra sewerage, water and external roadways needed to service the new precinct.
But the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor refused to disclose what the BAC had agreed to pay the council, saying the settlement was subject to a confidentiality agreement.
"The level of contribution is appropriate given the contribution the airport is making to the growth of southeast Queensland," Cr Newman said.
"I believe the best result for the people of Brisbane and the airport has been achieved," Cr Hinchliffe said.
Cr Newman revealed that litigation in relation to the project had already cost the council more than $1 million.
Cr Newman said he had absented himself from the BAC board during deliberations.
Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive officer Koen Rooijmans said the outcome was a win-win situation. He said the airport had not been obliged to pay anything to the council.
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