Coffs Harbour Airport


Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed


Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed

Prospective pipeline

Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.

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Under procurement

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Preferred bidder announced

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Recently closed

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ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:


Construction projects: > AUD$300m

Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m

New Zealand

All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million

SECTOR: Other transport
TYPE: Brownfield

Project Scope

Coffs Harbour Airport is located about 500 kilometres north of Sydney.

Coffs Harbour City Council is seeking to 50-year long-term lease to oversee day-to-day management, operation and investment of the airport, with ownership to be retained by the Council. overheads and ongoing operating and maintenance costs which will be borne by the airport lessee.

The airport lessee is expected to provide investment into airport services, enabling increased flight frequency, additional routes, and enable fast-tracked development of the Airport Enterprise Park. The Council is also looking to progress future international and freight opportunities through the long-term lease.



Key Dates

27 August 2020: Negotiations commence with preferred bidder

17 July 2020: Tender for binding bids closed

21 Jun 2020: Tender for binding bids commenced

December 2018: Coffs Harbour City Council announced intention to progress long-term lease




Advisers (CHCC):

  • KPMG (Commercial)
  • Ashurst (Legal)



Project History

September 2020: Coffs Harbour City Council voted to progress with negotiations for a long-term lease of Coffs Harbour Airport in line with the recommended bidder from a Binding Bids Evaluation Report. The preferred bidder was not announced.

June 2020: Binding bid phase formally recommenced after the procurement process was put on hold for six months due to COVID-19.

December 2019: Initial binding bid phase commenced.

November 2019: Non-binding bids were evaluated by the Council.

December 2018: Council resolved to progress the Airport Lease Model for the airport to the next stages of due diligence and an expression of interest for non-binding bids.

Last reviewed: 25/09/2020

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