Local business soars in Alice

Local Alice Springs’ contractor Probuild(NT) has been awarded a significant contract to the tune of $3 million to replace the ageing air-conditioning system at Alice Springs Airport. Installed in 1991, the air conditioning system is due for an upgrade, having exceeded the end of its design life.


Alice Springs Airport’s General Manager Dave Batic is delighted at this result.


“We are very pleased we are now in a position to undertake this project. We want to improve the terminal experience for our customers”, said Mr Batic.


This upgrade aligns with Northern Territory Airports’ impressive investment in renewable solar power, and the organisation’s mission to one day become fully self-sufficient. A new air conditioning system will directly contribute to the five year emissions management plan outlined in the 2015 Master Plan Airport Environment Strategy.


With a value of over $3 million, this contract will offer a massive boost to the local economy. Engaging a local company to take on the job was extremely important for Central Australia and the local community, as Mr Batic suggests:


“We try to shop local as much as possible. It’s very important – especially in the Territory – that we continue to support services which are home-grown in the NT. We’ve worked with Probuild(NT) in the past – they easily rival the interstate competition on quality and price.”


Probuild(NT) is a leading civil and commercial construction company which has worked in the Territory since 1993. The company is well known when it comes to delivering structures well-suited to the harsh climate, desert environment and remote nature of the Northern Territory. Probuild(NT) will engage local Mechanical Sub-Contractor Ross Engineering along with using local Suppliers.


According to Operations Manager Mick Betteridge from Probuild(NT), this is an important job to secure.

“We are looking forward to getting started on this project and working with Northern Territory Airports. The temperatures are high in Alice - air-con is very important! The job kicks off in July 2016 so locals and tourists can look forward to a more reliable and comfortable terminal, with air-con powered by renewable energy. It ticks all the boxes!”