Gold Coast Airport engaged Everick to complete an Indigenous and historic heritage assessment of the Gold Coast Airport ahead of proposed upgrades and expansion of the existing terminal for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The assessment was incorporated into the Project LIFT Master Development Plan and placed on public exhibition in July 2015.
The Gold Coast Airport is located on a Pleistocene sand ridge which expands westerly from the coastline to the Cobaki Broadwater. Excavations by Everick of the same sand sheet at the nearby Cobaki Lakes Residential developed located an Aboriginal site with preliminary dates to approximately 40,000 years BP. Everick was engaged to provide technical advice on the archaeological potential of the Gold Coast Airport, mindful of the complex history of prior land disturbance on the site. Everick’s project tasks covered both Aboriginal and historic heritage, and have included: