AMBERLEY RAAF base will also get a new air traffic control tower as part of a national program which will be positioned on the Ipswich side of the main runway .

Wing Commander Scott Winchester said the work would make Ipswich home to the nation's most important defence base.

"The current tower is about 70 years old so we need one that's a bit bigger and more modern," Wg Cdr Winchester said.

"There will be more aircraft operating from Amberley. We're very aware of the aircraft noise and we'll continue to carefully manage that.

"It's the biggest expansion I've seen in 28 years in the Air Force. It's a really exciting time."

The projects will be completed by the end of 2020 and will make RAAF Base Amberley the most significant Defence base in the country.



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