Media Release: Checking the Course for Regional Aviation

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Checking the Course for Regional Aviation

Regional Australia boasts some of this country’s most beautiful landscapes, tourist attractions and it is home to millions of people, which is why the Australian Government is seeking views on how to improve connectivity and innovation in regional aviation.
 
The Government has today released an Issues Paper, the first step in preparing the Regional Aviation Policy Statement.
 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said it’s important anyone who travels on planes or through airports has the opportunity to contribute.
 
“The Issues Paper will help all stakeholders assess the challenges, risks and opportunities for regional aviation operators and the communities in which they operate,” Mr McCormack said.
 
“It will identify how community access and the delivery of goods and services can be better supported to improve transport connectivity.
 
“The benefits the aviation industry can offer regional communities are enormous and that’s why we are committed to getting our Policy Statement right.”
 
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the roles of the different tiers of Government and industry in regional aviation will be canvassed, including the provision of aviation services and airport infrastructure.
 
“Aviation is such an important industry for Townsville and North Queensland, and we need to make sure we have the input of locals to help shape its future and ensure it delivers the best outcomes for our economy,” Mr Thompson said.
 
The Regional Aviation Policy Issues Paper will be the first in what is expected to be a series of issues papers addressing key issues impacting the aviation industry.
 
The Government is accepting submissions on the Issues Paper until Friday 17 April 2020.
 
Visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/aviation-policy to access the issues paper. For further information, email [email protected].

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