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Wellcamp Airport open day attracts 30,000

BRISBANE West Wellcamp came alive as 27,304 people converged to get a sneak peek at Australia's newest airport.

Just like the project itself, the community open day was an event of massive proportion.

More than 82 buses transported visitors around the Airport while the crew of 300 volunteers did their best to assist the huge crowds.

There was something for everyone including a unique match race featuring Toowoomba Indy Car champion Will Power taking on a Cessna Mustang Jet.

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Glenvale resident Doug Free was all smiles as he took in what was an aviation smorgasbord.

"This is the first time I have been out to look at the airport and I can't believe how impressive it is.

"The kids loved looking at all the planes and watching Will take on the jet was great.

"I can't wait for flights to start. It is going to be a great facility for Toowoomba."

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport open day. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport open day. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

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Wagners director and event organiser John Wagner said the response from the community was amazing, with the new terminal a particular highlight.

"We're really thankful to everyone who made the effort to visit us today and particularly to our volunteers who helped make the event such a great success," Mr Wagner said.

"It was fantastic to see the airport so busy with almost 20 different aircraft on the ground, a sure sign of things to come."

While the crowds took in the aerial shows, helicopter joy flights, terminal and runway tours, Brisbane West Wellcamp general manager Phil Gregory was hard at work.

"Everyone involved live and breathe this project. There is very little time for rest.

"It is exciting to see the Toowoomba community support this development.

"While this Community Open Day has been a success there is still plenty to be done until our first official flights later this year."

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