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Training down under Asian Aviation, National, General News, Benn Marks

01 Nov 2016

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The Sunshine Coast Airport has reached a milestone today with the one millionth ... MIX 92.7, Sunshine Coast, 07:00 News, Newsreader

30 Nov 2016 7:01 AM

Duration: 0 min 9 secs • ASR AUD 40 • QLD • Australia • Company Radio & TV • ID: M00068507322 The Sunshine Coast Airport has reached a milestone today with the one millionth passenger passing through the terminal for the first time in a 12 month period. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Also broadcast from the following 1 station SEA FM Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast)

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Pre-recorded interview with 2018 Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie, 2018 ... ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Drive, Sheridan Stewart

30 Nov 2016 3:11 PM

Duration: 5 mins 37 secs • ASR AUD 998 • QLD • Australia • Issues Radio & TV • ID: X00068511123 Pre-recorded interview with 2018 Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie, 2018 Commonwealth Games CEO Mark Peters, and 2018 Commonwealth Games Head of Transport Barry Gyte, on the draft transport plan for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Beattie says the draft transport operations plan outlines a network that links the Commonwealth Games Village to the main competition venues, which will have priority lanes. He says these links will be available for both athletes and spectators to ensure everybody can arrive on time. According to Beattie, they've been investing in key road links, like the Southport-Burleigh Road, which they took from four lanes to six lanes, making it a key north-south route that they encourage people to use so they can use that capacity and stay away from alternative routes. Peters states this has to be a total plan for the whole of the Gold Coast. He says that traffic is like water, explaining that if it is bottled in one place it will burst out somewhere else. Peters notes that they need to make sure they get people in and out from those venues as quickly as possible. If they can get the plan to work, Peters says, and get people to use public transport, then they can reduce bottlenecks. He cautions that there will be challenges in places and there will be some delays, as well as pains and inconveniences, but he reminds that when the Games begin, it will be the biggest opportunity for Queensland's economic growth in a decade. As such, he asks people to work with them. Gyte says they have 13,000 park and ride sites, and they are looking into incorporating a booking system so that people can book and ensure that they will have space available. Gyte notes that one major issue during major events is all about park and ride. He says that park and ride is an attitude, but it is part of the long-term planning of the city. He also mentions that another issue during major events is the long lines to toilets, to get food, and to the venue. Gyte believes it's a mindset and advises people to accept that there will be changes if they want to see major events in their city. As such, he says their job is to help everyone in the city to think of alternatives during this major event. Gyte states he has no doubt, with the expertise in the city and the things that are being put in place, that the people will see a legacy beyond the Commonwealth Games. Audience 5,000 ALL, 3,000 MALE 16+, 1,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Barry Gyte, Head of Transport, 2018 Commonwealth Games|Mark Peters, CEO, 2018 Commonwealth Games|Peter Beattie, Chairman, 2018 Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games bosses have revealed a draft transport plan for the 2018 event ... Channel 9, Brisbane, Nine Afternoon News, Eva Milic

30 Nov 2016 4:47 PM

Duration: 1 min 13 secs • ASR AUD 8,633 • QLD • Australia • Issues Radio & TV • ID: M00068514389 Commonwealth Games bosses have revealed a draft transport plan for the 2018 event on the Gold Coast. The major focus is to get people out of their cars and on to public transport. Buses, trains and the light rail will run during the Games, and shuttle buses will also run from transport stops to park and ride zones. They'll help get athletes, officials and spectators to the events. Organisers want everyone to have their say on the plan before the closing date in February. Audience 110,000 ALL, 38,000 MALE 16+, 69,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Peter Beattie, Chairman, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Also broadcast from the following 8 stations Channel 9 Gold Coast (Gold Coast North), WIN Cairns (Cairns), WIN Mackay (Mackay), WIN Rockhampton (Rockhampton), WIN Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), WIN Toowoomba (Toowoomba), WIN Townsville (Townsville), WIN Wide Bay (Bundaberg)

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Airnorth spreads wings Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News, Gary Shipway

01 Dec 2016

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It's too-hard basket for M1 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Andrew Potts

01 Dec 2016

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Tourist boom teed up Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Jack Harbour And Nicholas Mcelroy

01 Dec 2016

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Update planned for Centre North West Star, Mount Isa QLD, General News

01 Dec 2016

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CAN WE GO TO SYDNEY NOW? News Mail, Bundaberg QLD, General News, Jim Alouat

01 Dec 2016

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OUR CITY LEFT HIGH AND DRY Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News, Kieran Rooney

01 Dec 2016

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Interview with Peter Beattie, GOLDOC Chairman. Howson says the there are only 16 ... 612 ABC Brisbane, Brisbane, Breakfast, Spencer Howson

01 Dec 2016 7:14 AM

Duration: 6 mins 17 secs • ASR AUD 7,702 • QLD • Australia • Issues Radio & TV • ID: X00068520783 Interview with Peter Beattie, GOLDOC Chairman. Howson says the there are only 16 months to go before the Commonwealth Games. He adds that the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation GOLDOC has released its draft transport operations plan or public feedback. Beattie says what they have to do is to move people by train and shuttle buses. He also provides details on the park and ride sites which will be made for the games, citing it will park about 13,000 cars. Beattie confirms that there will be no parking at any venues. Beattie mentions that they will be providing special provision for people with disabilities. Beattie says there are no concerns around Qld Rail's ability, and cites his good partnership with Qld Rail, Qld Transport, and the Gold Coast City Council. Audience 50,000 ALL, 27,000 MALE 16+, 22,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Peter Beattie, GOLDOC Chairman

Scott White, Hunter New England Primary Health Network, says free mental health ... ABC Newcastle, Newcastle, 09:00 News, Newsreader

01 Dec 2016 9:03 AM

Duration: 0 min 48 secs • ASR AUD 398 • NSW • Australia • Issues Radio & TV • ID: X00068521262 Scott White, Hunter New England Primary Health Network, says free mental health counselling is recognition of the stress being experienced by people living in the Williamtown contamination zone. The chemical testing of PFOS and PFOA, which are leaking from the Williamtown Air Force base, will be available until March 2018. Audience 14,000 ALL, 6,000 MALE 16+, 7,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Scott White, Hunter New England Primary Health Network

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November, 2016 Asian Aviation, National Author: Benn Marks • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Magazines Trade • Audience : 9,677 • Page: 24 Printed Size: 2983.00cm² • Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 21,210 Words: 1434 • Item ID: 693713820 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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With a chronic shortage of airline pilots predicted in the future for the Asia-Pacific region, pilot training looks setto become one of the airline industry's more pressing concerns. AAV contributor Benn Marks explains.

ACCORDING TO FIGURES CITED IN BOEING'S Current Market Outlook for the 2016 — 2035 period, the Asia-Pacific {APAC) region will require 248,000 new pilots over the next 20 years, with "new market opportunities" cited as the main driver for them. What is interesting to note however is that the words ''qualified, skilled, and experienced" precede the word "pilots" in the outlook, So it is automatically assumed that the pilots who will inevitably make up the shortfall in numbers in this region in the future, will be competent ones, and able to fly aircraft safely, efficiently and

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reliably. This no doubt presents challenges for (fixed wing) flying schools in the APAC region and possibly further afield: to produce quality aviators whose airmanship is beyond reproach and, from an employment perspective, that airlines are happy to recruit. On a more detailed level, the onus is on flying schools to produce high-quality pilot-graduates that have the necessary practical experience and theoretical knowledge to equip them for a demanding career in the airlines. Flying schools are a dime a dozen, but Airways Aviation is one pilot training organisation that has been producing high-quality pilot-graduates for the airline industry for the past four years. Built on the foundations of businesses with well over 30 years of industry experience, its pilot training legacy is substantial. Currently, Airways Aviation has flying academies in Oxford, UK; Huesca, Spain; Podgorica, Montenegro, plus the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast (Caloundra) in Australia — which both train aspiring airline pilots in the APAC region, But as Airways Aviation CEO Ian Cooper explains, the company also has a number of foundation schools spanning the Middle East and Asia that "feed" suitable applicants into the flying academies after completing an initial period of preparatory study, "The foundation course is basically eight weeks long and it covers all the fundamentals of aviation, particularly focused on pilot training studies, But it also gives people a foundation in learning skills; how to prepare your study, how to be disciplined and punctual; all the sort of'softer skills' that are involved in becoming a pilot," he says, "We've


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academies, In line with the regulatory differences in each geographical region however, student pilots attending the company's flying academies in Europe graduate with an EASA fATPL and a CASA ATPL in the case of those attending the Australian academies; but again, all as industry-ready pilots. Furthermore, as Cooper explains, international pilot graduates from the APAC region who learn to fly with the company's (Australian) flying schools, can return home and fly for airlines in their countries of origin, "It's really driven by what licence the customer wants at the end of it. For example, a cadet from Kuala Lumpur ultimately wants a local Kuala Lumpur licence. So if they go to the Australian region and get a CASA licence they then convert it when they go back home to a Malaysian local licence. There's just a few little bits and pieces they have to do to convert it, You still do get some students coming out from Malaysia that go to the UK and get an EASA licence, and then do the conversion, but the majority of students from Asia go down to the Australian flying schools," he says. With such good learning facilities, both in Australia (and Europe), it is not surprising to learn that at least 90 percent of the student population attending the company's flying academies are international, with the remaining 10 percent coming from the domestic student pool. However, all students You have to go through basically fall into the typical 18-21 year-old 'You can bypass that [foundation schools] age bracket, have finished their high school, and go straight to the flight schools, but a rigorous assessment college and/or university education and are what we insist on is going through our asprocess because we looking to enter the airline industry. sessment process; just because you've got the money doesn't mean you can come and In terms of flying hardware. Airways Avitruly believe in 'quality in join us. You have to go through a rigorous asation offers nothing but the very best for equals quality out sessment process because we truly believe students. Its aircraft fleet is standardised in 'quality in equals quality out' If you have across its academies too, with the Cessna IAN COOPER, AIRWAYS AVIATION CEO J a poor quality student to start with, it s not 172, Diamond DA40, Diamond DA42 and fair on the individual, and it's not good for Beech 76 Duchess leading the charge with us because we can train them to the best of our ability but they're the flying component of their education. While the flying instructors still not going to be the best pilot when they come out, And when — that all-important teaching ingredient in flying schools — are we then try to place them with airlines it doesn't reflect well on our equally as impressive, Cooper says the company has a lot of highly ability," he says. experienced career instructors who have been "in the game for 20 years plus" so students are taught by nothing but the best, There are For those students lucky enough to be selected, they can look obviously a number of other qualifications and ratings the company forward to sinking their teeth into course material that has been offers and specialises in, but alongside its teaching facilities, aircraft devised in consultation with some of the world's leading airlines and progressive teaching methodology, Cooper emphasises it's and peak industry bodies, and which also fully aligns with the Interthe human element that sets Airways Aviation apart from its rival national Air Transport Association's (IATA) evidence-based Training flying schools. and Qualification Initiative (ITQI), In a nutshell, suitable student pilots with no aviation experience (ab initio) can ultimately graduate to the "We've invested significant sums in developing the schools so ATPL licence-level, then basically seek employment with the airlines they are really first class training facilities, in terms of the classimmediately afterwards as industry-ready pilots, rooms, the simulators, the aircraft, and also the fact we have a real customer-focused approach," he says. "We treat everyone as The company is also impressive in other ways, The industry acindividuals — you're not just one of a hundred coming through. We credited pilot training courses the budding aviators undertake with have dedicated cadet welfare staff that are there to support students the company are basically consistent irrespective of location. So throughout their training, and we're always innovating the way we students receive the same flight-training courses, material and strucdeliver training; to make sure we deliver training that's in-line with tureH from the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) right through to the Airline our student demographic and the needs of the industry." *> Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) level, in all of the organisation's flying currently got 16 locations around the world that do that and they feed into our big flight school hubs in Australia and Europe. We're the only organisation to offer these types of courses. They're not regulated by the aviation authorities, so that gives us more flexibility and an easier set up. So whether you do the course in Jakarta or Iraq, it's still the same course. And when you go to the flights schools that's when you get into the regulatory flight training/ he adds. Cooper also emphasises that having the "right stuff" — a suitable mental disposition and physical aptitude — is mandatory for obtaining a place in any of Airways Aviation's flying academies, It has a number of intensive selection processes in place to vet unsuitable applicants. For zero-flying time students going into basic flight training, this includes a multi-layered assessment process which consists of an interview and then an aptitude test. Subject to passing these, students are also required to achieve certain academic grades to be offered a place. The company CEO adds that students who are selected for entry are very committed individuals. However, he says there is more to it than just accepting suitable and committed candidates. Cooper asserts the teaching organisation has a responsibility to deliver a first-class education to students, who have their sights set on flying complex passenger aircraft. And this is a responsibility he takes very seriously.

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01 Dec 2016 Northern Territory News, Darwin Author: Gary Shipway • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Capital City Daily • Audience : 13,607 • Page: 6 • Printed Size: 209.00cm² Market: NT • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,180 • Words: 291 • Item ID: 694029768

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Airnorth spreads wings New Darwin-Toowoomba route flies high for local firm GARY SHIPWAY Senior Reporter THE Territory’s homegrown airline Airnorth has spread its wings to the far flung farm paddocks of Toowoomba in Queensland. The first commercial flight from Darwin to Toowoomba landed at the regional city’s Wellcamp airport, 160km west of Brisbane last week. It was a state-of-the-art Embraer E170 Jet, seating 76 passengers. The Airnorth Darwin to Toowoomba service is via Townsville Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and marks another chapter in the Northern Territory airline’s growing success story. Established in 1978 and with its hub based in Darwin, Airnorth is second to Qantas as

the oldest airline in Australia. It services more than 20 destinations including: Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, Gove (Nhulunbuy), Groote Eylandt and McArthur River in the Northern Territory, Kununurra, Broome, Port Hedland and Perth in Western Australia, Townsville, Cairns and Mount Isa in Queensland, Melbourne in Victoria and Dili in East Timor. It is the major aviation operator in Northern Australia. Airnorth chief executive officer Daniel Bowden is understandably proud of the new ground breaking first commercial service between Darwin, Townsville and Toowoomba. “This is an important mile-

stone for our business and for regional Australia,” Mr Bowden said after the first service touched down on the former Toowoomba cow paddock turned major regional airport. The new route is the third into the airport for Airnorth, which started Melbourne and Cairns services earlier this year. Mr Bowden said Airnorth is extremely pleased by early demand for the new services which have attracted strong support from the corporate and leisure markets. He said the flights would also improve connectivity between the Australian Defence Force’s major bases in Darwin, Townsville and Toowoomba. Airnorth carries more than 300,000 passengers annually.


01 Dec 2016 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Andrew Potts • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 13 • Printed Size: 242.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,527 • Words: 445 • Item ID: 694058606

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It’s too-hard basket for M1 ANDREW POTTS ANDREW.POTTS@NEWS.COM.AU

COMMONWEALTH Games bosses have again delayed announcing how they hope to deal with the heavily congested M1 during the 2018 event after confirming there was no possibility of an upgrade. A draft transport plan for the event has been unveiled, detailing ways the city’s roads will cope with about 1.5 million spectators. But the role of the M1 and how athletes competing at Brisbane venues will make the northern journey will not be announced until next year. GOLDOC boss Peter Beattie said no upgrade was possible in time, saying the “horse has bolted”. He said any solution on the funding impasse over the upgrade of the M1 would not make a difference by April 2018. “The M1 is a challenge and I do not want to overstate it – the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor has its challenges but more work is being done on that and the Government will have a position next year,” he said.

GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters unveils the draft transport plan.

“This will include things like park’n’rides and also bus shuttles but stay tuned. “Frankly, even if the funding came in tomorrow it will not change the corridor, that horse has bolted and it is a matter for the future, not now.” But don’t expect to see any ferries, with Games chief executive Mark Peters ruling out the transport option spruiked by Mayor Tom Tate. He said it was unfeasible to deliver ferries with less than 18 months until the Games. Among the plans to solve the city’s transport issues are a series of nine “park’n’ride” facilities across the city, which will provide more than 3000 extra carparks to cater for locals and visitors. They would be spread be-

tween Tugun, Varsity Lakes, Mudgeeraba, Helensvale, Oxenford, Ormeau, Broadbeach and Southport. There will be no private parking at event venues, according to the plan, which will include up to 1000 extra buses to help move people around the city. Extra trams will be added to the network as well as buses to operate along Games-specific lanes on major arterial roads to move athletes and officials between venues. The roads that will make up the core Games network are Southport’s Smith St, Olsen Ave, Broadbeach-Nerang Rd and the Gold Coast Highway. The draft plan was developed by GOLDOC, the Gold Coast City Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads based on consultation with the freight, tourism and business communities. GOLDOC will engage in a community education program to inform locals and visitors about the easiest ways to get around the city during the April 2018 event. Community consultation will be held until February 28. The final plan is due to be released midyear.


01 Dec 2016 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Jack Harbour And Nicholas Mcelroy • Section: General News Article type : News Item • Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 10 Printed Size: 349.00cm² • Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 2,203 Words: 346 • Item ID: 694059222 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Tourist boom teed up

JACK HARBOUR AND NICHOLAS MCELROY

Australian PGA Championship, which kicks off on the Gold Coast today with some of the world’s best golfers, will draw about 40,000 visitors to the city. But the real benefit is in the hundreds of millions of people expected to watch the worldwide television coverage of the event. Gold Coast Tourism boss Martin Winter said the championship brought about 30,000 lucrative visitor nights to the city, pumping millions of dollars directly into the local economy as golfers such as Adam Scott, Ian Poulter and Nathan Holman battle it out on the RACV Royal Pines greens for the next four days. Worldwide though, the potential television audience was 400 million – many of them cashed up golf fanatics who could easily visit the city to play the same course as their heroes.

“It’s got a global broadcast and that’s one of the most important, intangible things,” Mr Winter said. “They’re suggesting it’s going to 400 million homes.

“Now, obviously a lot of those viewers aren’t interested in golf, but it does have a significant television audience viewership. “It also establishes the Gold Coast as an international golfing destination. The most important thing is it will be reported right across the US and probably Great Britain in the sports results.” Mr Winter said wealthy golf fans were a lucrative market. “They’re cashed-up travellers who spend a lot of time in our facilities,” he said. The Australian PGA Championship chief commercial officer Steve Ayles said investment in the golf course and the added attractions of Glitter Strip would keep the pulling in the top

golfers and this would keep the crowds coming in. Mr Ayles said he was “optimistic” the event would attract more than 40,000

people this year, simply because of the weather. “I have no doubt the added attractions on the Gold Coast attracts the players,” he said. A spokesman for RACV Resorts said Royal Pines was at capacity with PGA spectators and officials.


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Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.

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01 Dec 2016 North West Star, Mount Isa QLD Section: General News • Article type : News Item • Classification : Regional Audience : 1,434 • Page: 5 • Printed Size: 198.00cm² • Market: QLD • Country: Australia ASR: AUD 324 • Words: 310 • Item ID: 694093894

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Update planned for Centre

BUCHANAN PARK

MOUNT Isa Mines has pledged a quarter of a million dollars for the upgrade of the (Xstrata) Entertainment Centre at Buchanan Park. The upgrade to the Centre will include air cooling methods, installation of audio-visual equipment and lighting and an upgraded non-slip flooring surface. Chief Operating Officer for Glencore’s Australian Copper Assets Mike Westerman announced the funding project at the venue which was hosting Mount Isa’s annual Carols by Candlelight on Sunday night. Mayor Joyce McCulloch described the news as a fantastic early Christmas present for the community and the funding would ensure the venue would meet future needs and attract many more exhibitions to the city.

“This wonderful opportunity that Mount Isa Mines has provided will assist Council with ensuring the venues in this city operate efficiently, and it will remain a true asset to this community,” Cr McCulloch said. “I extend my gratitude to Mount Isa Mines for their ongoing community support.”

Mr Westerman said the funding commitment is based on feedback provided by the Mount Isa community through the company’s 2016 Community Attitudes Survey. “The survey showed us that the Mount Isa community want improved lifestyle facilities, and this major upgrade project will mean this key venue will be more accessible for the community and better equipped to host more events all year round,” Mr Westerman said.

“The strength of our community funding program lies in the fact that it directly addresses the areas of most concern to local people, and places an emphasis on local capacity building to help develop strong, sustainable communities.” Executive General Manager for Glencore’s Zinc Assets Denis Hamel said this project, and others like it funded by Glencore, help build happy, healthy and vibrant communities. “Events like the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo and MINEX put Buchanan Park in the spotlight for our community and visiting tourists,” he said.


01 Dec 2016 News Mail, Bundaberg QLD Author: Jim Alouat • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 6,558 • Page: 1 • Printed Size: 1032.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 944 • Words: 537 • Item ID: 694042524

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BUNDABERG Airport has soared above Hervey Bay for the first time and secured a spot in the top five in the country for passenger growth. Mayor Jack Dempsey revealed

the results of the study yesterday, confirming numbers through our airport were on the up. The growth is promising for talks surrounding increased flight paths. PAGE 6

Numbers are taking off Questions raised over possibility of other travel routes .

JIM ALOUAT JOURNALIST

jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au .

BUNDABERG Airport is now one of the top five airports in Australia for passenger growth and trends indicate next year will be even bigger. The airport set a new record for throughput in the 2015/16 financial year with 167,128 passengers departing

through its gates. This was up 6.5% from 2014/15 when the throughput was 157,354. The results surged Bundaberg Airport to 29 in the ranking of the top 50 regional airports, up from 31, which meant it beat nearby rival Hervey Bay Airport


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(30) for the first time. “It’s fantastic to see the increase in numbers through the Bundaberg Airport, as one of our key access points for visitors to the region,” Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism general manager Katherine Mergard said. “This positive growth is testament to the strong collaboration between Bundaberg Regional Council and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism in marketing the destination to our core target markets.” Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said figures showed Bundaberg Airport set a new monthly throughput figure in October with 15,422 passengers recorded, which was about 400 passengers more than the previous best set in December last year. The good news doesn’t end there. Cr Dempsey said based on current trends and airline schedules, indications were that Bundaberg Airport could reach a new record in 2016/17 with more than 172,000 passengers expected through Bundaberg Airport. Council tourism and regional growth spokesman Greg Barnes said the numbers provided a substantive argument for future destination expansion and council would look forward to having ongoing discussions with the various carriers. A council flight survey conducted earlier in the year showed more than 50% of the 1700 respondents wanted direct flights to Sydney. This was followed by Melbourne with 15%. Bundaberg economic consultant Neil McPhillips said while the issue of other

destinations was a topical one, the carriers had all the information. “While people have said they want to fly to Sydney directly it would need to be viable for the operators to do that,” Mr McPhillips said. The NewsMail asked Virgin Australia and Qantas if they had any plans to increase flights to Brisbane or introduce any new flight paths. Virgin Australia said it had no plans at this stage to alter its current schedule. Qantas did not respond to our request.

YOUR SAY I Bundy really needs flights other than to Brissy. Up north to Mackay, Proserpine, Townsville and Cairns would be great. We have a big enough population and tourists to support more flights up north and maybe down to Sydney and Melbourne.

— Jody Griffiths I North to Townsville and Cairns would be great.

— Barbara Vincent I Maybe Bundy to Townsville.

— Lisa Schifcofske

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INCREASE: Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said the airport had set a new record. PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN301116AIRPORT7


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For 30 years State and Federal governments have hung us out to dry KIERAN ROONEY NEARLY three decades after the Burdekin Falls Dam opened, Townsville is still waiting for the water security it critically needs. Despite years of political platitudes and in the face of stern warnings, there is still no sign of a solution to the water crisis. It comes as the State and Federal governments drag their feet on including water strategies in Townsville’s historic City Deal. REPORTS: PAGES 4-5

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 $1.40 INCL GST FREIGHT EXTRA

122.7ML

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For 30 years State and Federal governments


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OUR CITY LEFT HIGH AND DRY Fears for future growing as pollies fail to find solution KIERAN ROONEY kieran.rooney@news.com.au

NEARLY three decades after the opening of Burdekin Falls Dam the people of Townsville are still waiting for their leaders to deliver the water the city critically needs. With the region in drought and the city lurching towards crippling water restrictions, there is still no sign a solution is coming to

above its 100ML target for restrictions, as reported on the Townsville Bulletin’s front page daily water consumption figure. Time and again politicians have been warned of the looming threat to the region’s water security. According to the State

fix our current water crisis and prepare for our future. It comes as State and Federal governments continue to drag their feet on including water and energy strategies for the region in the city’s historic City Deal. Yesterday Townsville consumed 122.7ML, well

Government’s 30-year water strategy, Townsville and Cairns have been identified as the most at-risk of supply failure during dry periods. A 2014 Townsville Water Supply Security Assessment recommended the State Government immediately start work on securing water

as a high priority, warning storage could run dry in 2020. “In Townsville’s case it only takes 2-3 failed wet seasons before the city is totally reliant on the Burdekin system,” the report reads. “Townsville may not have sufficient time to develop adequate solutions during a drought event.” On the back of two failed wet seasons, Mayor Jenny Hill said it was time for the State and Federal governments to accept ownership of the problem.


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“What was missing as we moved into the millennium was governments didn’t want to play in the space of energy and water, necessities for growth,” she said. “They have done it in the past for the capital cities. When it suits them, both levels will bring the heat but when we need them to help that’s no longer the case. “Most recently the council has had trouble bringing them to table on the City Deal because we believe it must include long-term water and energy solutions.” In the mid-2000s former premier Campbell Newman, then Brisbane Lord Mayor, urged a state of emergency declaration when water levels in southeast Queensland reached 30 per cent. Then premier Peter Beattie also threw billions of tax-

payers’ dollars into new pipelines, a costly desalination plant and the later abandoned Traveston Dam. Cr Hill said Townsville’s water future needed just as much urgency but better ideas. “For example Burdekin Falls Dam, one of the last dams the Federal Government built, was always intended to be Townsville’s second water supply in the long term,” she said. “There are a range of potential solutions and ... we need to tie them into City Deal while we have this opportunity.” Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said she understood the community’s frustrations. “I absolutely understand long-term water security is

vital for our region, and that is why I ensured it was one of my priority areas in our Government’s Advancing North Queensland strategy,” she said. “I have been working with Water Minister Mark Bailey and Mayor Jenny Hill, as well as Townsville Enterprise and SunWater, regarding our city’s water requirements now and into the future.” A spokeswoman for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the Coalition wanted to provide national leadership through its $2 billion water infrastructure fund. “This benefit will only be realised if State governments get on board and make the most of the investment,” the spokeswoman said. “Commonwealth contributions to the construction of water infrastructure requires

state governments to find at least 50 per cent of the funding. At this stage the Queensland Government has not budgeted anything.”


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TALK IS CHEAP Water is liquid gold W g ld go and is essential for a tthe future economic development off our d State. Infrastructure such as these pipelines pipe p lin are a key part of our plan. — Peter Beattie, speaking spe p aking about the th Moranbah water pipeline in 2005

I want the building of our infrastructure o infrastructu — our roads,, rail, ports, energ p energy, gy, schools and hosp hospitals pitals and and, most urgent of all, water infrastructure to be on one of the hallmarks of my premiership. — Premier Anna Bligh in Parliament 2007

Some of the platitudes our political leaders have delivered on water security.

Decisions about D abou the allocation and a management of m water will be w supported supp ported by the best available resource science. It is essential we get this right so that water infrastructure and resources ar are effectively manage managed to boost agriculture and generate jobs

We build the W iinfrastructure in n th that hat makes a differen m difference nce to both our economy b econom my and our lives. We will establish esta ablish Infrastructure Queensland Queenslan nd and Queensland Q Qu eensland Projects to ensure en ns projects p pr ojects are built where whe are needed, on time and on budget.

— Current Minister for State Develop Development pmen Dr Anthony Lynham in Parliament, 2015

— Campbell Camp pbell Newman, election commitments in his Contract with Queensland document, 2012

Water is one of the W most ffundamental m undamental and vital resou a resources ffor the fu ffuture tu development developm p ent of the Queensland economy. The provision of additional reliabl reliable supplies supp plies off water is essential to underpin u continued economic g growth rowth and employment and the lliving standards of Queensland families.

For almost a cen F century ntury tthe dream of a d dam am upon up u pon the Burdekin Burde ekin River has inspir R inspired red generations g ge nerations off people wi with the promise p omise of new pro pr prosperity for North Queensland. Queensland 30,000 people in Townsville and Thuringowa will receive a water wa supply that is guaranteed and pure.

—Howard Howard Hobbs, Minister for Natural Resources in Borbidge Government, 1997

A Australia needs to do more now, to ensure m adequate inv a investment in our water infrastructure. Every y community and industry requires requ q ires water security to gr grow and prosper. prospe p r. Many regi regional g onal and remote communities depend on qu q quality ality water infrastructure for their livelihood and jobs. Our investment in water infrastructure wil will support jobs j bs and regional jo reg gional communities in Queensland and will make Au Australia’s agricultural sector stronger. — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing a study into Hell’s Hell s Gate on the election campaign, June 2016 The North is also in T desperate d p need of new water n iinfrastructure tha in that will p provide rovide a reliable and sufficient suff fficient supply fo ff fforr existi existing industries, potential new industries and urban development develop pment — projects p pr ojjects such as the Urannah, Nullinga Nulling and Hells Gate dams and the Elliot main channel. But we have heard nothing at all on these dams from the Labor Lab government since it was elected in 1998 — Mike Horan, Queensland Nationals Nation Party Leader in State Parliament, 2002

— Prime Minister Bob Hawke Haw at opening of Burdekin Falls Dam, 1988

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