Barnaby Joyce

Feedback sought on regional aviation in New England

11 Mar 2020

The Australian Government is seeking feedback on how to improve connectivity and innovation in regional aviation including in the New England.

The Government recently released an Issues Paper, the first step in preparing the Regional Aviation Policy Statement.

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, 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.

“We want regional Australians in the New England to benefit from all aviation programs operating in regional Australia,” Mr Joyce said.

“Major air hubs such as Tamworth and Armidale are already benefitting from major upgrades but this feedback is also about smaller centres which play a pivotal role in connecting rural and remote communities across the vast expanses of our Electorate.”

The Regional Aviation Policy Issues Paper will be the first in what is expected to be a series of reports addressing key themes impacting the aviation industry.

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 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 regionalaviationpolicystatement@infrastructure.gov.au   

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