New arrangements between Australia and Philippines to benefit regional tourism

Article originally published in MICEBTN 5 May 2015

Australia’s deputy prime minister and minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new arrangements will provide for flights to increase by 55 per cent over the next year.

“Importantly, the arrangements expand code share opportunities for Australian airlines, providing potential for our airlines to expand their global networks and connectivity through co-operative marketing arrangements with overseas partners,” said Truss.

“The new arrangements will allow growth to continue for another four years, recognising the potential of Australia as a prime tourism destination within the Asia-Pacific region.”

The new arrangements provide an immediate increase in capacity entitlements from 6,000 seats each way each week to 8,300 seats each week, rising to 9,300 seats from March 2016.

Airlines can continue to operate unlimited services between the Philippines and Australian regional locations such as Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

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Perth and Adelaide airports gain master plan approvals


Image: Steve Christo via My Wealth News

The federal government has approved master plans for both Perth and Adelaide airports, saying expansion will support future growth in both airport employment and the number of visiting passengers.

Perth Airport currently facilitates more than 17,000 jobs and contributes an estimated $2.61bn to Western Australia’s gross regional product (GRP). These figures are expected to increase to 42,000 jobs and a GRP contribution of $7.04bn by 2034, according to an airport press release.

The Perth master plan approval sees the airport move one step closer to building a proposed third runway and terminal.

Perth Airport will also work with the Western Australian state government to finalise a route and station locations for the proposed Forrestfield-Airport rail link, an 8.5km rail link that will connect Forrestfield to Perth city with a new train line.

“The Master Plan recognises that the airport needs to develop integrated plans that complement Perth’s broader urban and infrastructure plans, and take into account the impact of airport development on surrounding communities and the environment,” said Perth Airport chief executive, Brad Geatches.

Formal approval was granted for the master plan of Adelaide Airport, which is the largest single site employer in the state, contributing more than $1.9bn to the South Australian economy, based on the airport’s figures.

Jobs supported by the airport are expected to double to 37,100 by 2034.

“The investment programme recognises the importance of expansion to support a growing airport jobs and customer base, and includes plans to better integrate regional airline services into the main terminal,” said Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss…

Read more by Emily Guterres, My Wealth News 19 January 2015


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Deputy Premier Affirms Narrabri as a Key Regional Growth Centre

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant, left, inspects the new Elizabeth Street Bore in Narrabri with the Mayor, Cr Conrad Bolton, Deputy Mayor Cr Cathy Redding and Member for Barwon & Mr Kevin Humphries.

The NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant made a quick visit to Narrabri on Friday to assure the community of the state government’s growing focus on the region.

He inspected state government funded projects including plans to upgrade the Narrabri Airport and the new Elizabeth Street bore.

“Narrabri is immensely important, not only has it been a historically important regional community, but its expansion and population growth is very important to the overall state economy,” Minister Grant said.

“I don’t think regional communities like Narrabri have got the deserved  recognition for their contribution to the state’s economy up until now.

“This visit is a chance to make sure the investments we’re making are hitting the mark so we can get it right for the long term, we want to get bang for buck, and the money we give out we want to make sure that has long term benefits,” the deputy premier told The Courier.

The $8.7 million Narrabri airport upgrade will be funded through the Resources for Regions program.

Conceptual designs have been drawn up to illustrate the proposed upgrade, which will include runway rehabilitation and extensions to allow larger aircraft to land in Narrabri.

The proposal also includes improvements to taxi lanes, as well as the construction of a new hangar, terminal and fuel facility.

The project budget has not been finalised yet.

The touring party, made up of politicians, departmental representatives, journalists and councillors, also visited the new Elizabeth Street Bore.

The bore was also funded by the Resources to Regions program through an allocation of 12.3 million for the augmentation of Narrabri’s water supply…

Read more by The Courier 13 January 2015

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Funding Available for Regional Airports

Local councils and eligible regional airport owners can apply for up to $50 million in funding to support airport infrastructure projects that help boost regional tourism.


Image courtesy of Minister for Regional Tourism John Barilaro and the NSW Government

The NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) is for projects that deliver a net economic benefit and meet the RTIF Regional Airports program’s objectives.

Minister for Regional Tourism John Barilaro said that improving access to regional airports had the potential to boost visitor numbers and create jobs.

“Regional NSW has some of the best tourist attractions in the world, and I want visitors to have a great experience and come back, and then I want them telling their friends and families,” Barilaro said.

“Currently over half the international tourists visiting Australia arrive at Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport, yet only 20 per cent travel on to regional NSW. Upgrading regional airport infrastructure has the potential to improve this.”

Eligible regional airports are Albury, Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Cobar, Coffs Harbour, Cooma, Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Grafton, Griffith, Lismore, Lightning Ridge, Lord Howe, Merimbula, Moree, Moruya, Narrandera, Narrabri, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Taree, Wagga Wagga and Walgett.

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Regional Aviation and Aiports: opportunities and challenges

Regional aviation and regional airports, have their own challenges and opportunities, how is this impacting on regional development in your area? Regional Aviation has a long history and is celebrated in country towns in memorials and museums.

Airtravel has always been seen as a necessity in such a large country of Australia. Aviation pioneers  like Bert Hinkler, born in Bundaberg and recognised in the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame in Wagga Wagga started the regional aviation tradition. Bert Hinkler designed and built early aircraft before being the first person to fly solo from England to Australia, and sadly dying in Italy during a solo flight on another record setting voyage.

Australia’s only working model of the Wright A Model Flyer, stored at Narromine’s aviation museum. The Narromine Council has finalised its commitment to the expansion of a local aviation museum. Read More

Air passenger travel has become safer and more affordable and growing. There are over 55 million domestic flights in Australia and growing each year (Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics report).

The challenges facing regional aviation and airports is extensive: retaining skilled aviation staff; funding for refurbishment; regional airline profitability; access to major airports;  regional airport security; airplane replacement funding; risk and safety; airport noise; environmental and carbon tax; red tape. The list goes on….

There has been some progress. Some airports like Dubbo are receiving funding, like $40 million towards airport security upgrades. There are incentives for training for aviation, under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives program, rural and regional employers who take on an apprentice in an area on the National Skills Needs List may be eligible for a payment of $1000. Also Rex regional airlines has highest profit of any Australian airline in the last financial year.

There have been some in-roads into improving regional airports and aviation. But is this progress enough for regional Australia to support sustainable growth that is required for Australia’s future. Are regional Australia getting a fair deal in term of access to affordable flights?

How are regional airlines and airports representing both a challenges and an opportunity for regional development. What are the Commonwealth plans for funding regional airports?

Australian Regional Development Conference will feature keynote presentations on infrastructure and transport.

Call for papers – do you want to speak on regional aviation and regional airports at this conference?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

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Albury Airport, Regional Aviation

Come and join us at the Albury conference. Albury Airport is owned and operated by AlburyCity and is located just 5km from the Albury business district. It’s the third busiest airport in Regional NSW, with more than 300,000 passengers passing through the terminal each year and over 200 flights a week in and out of the city. Rex, Virgin and Qantas operate direct flights from Sydney and Rex also flys directly from Melbourne.


Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL: