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Risk for Sydney Airport as Chinese travellers look elsewhere Australian Financial Review, Australia, Companies and Markets, Jenny Wiggins

14 Jan 2019

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Adani yet again gets the bird Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News

14 Jan 2019

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Time to capitalise on buzz created by classy events Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News

14 Jan 2019

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Interview with Geoffrey Thomas, Aviation expert. Zempilas states according to the Border ... Channel 7, Sydney, Weekend Sunrise, Monique Wright and Basdil Zempilas

13 Jan 2019 8:21 AM

Duration: 4 mins 31 secs • ASR AUD 255,889 • National • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00077471456 Interview with Geoffrey Thomas, Aviation expert. Zempilas states according to the Border Force's latest data, there are longer cues at Australia's airports. He adds the most recent figures from the Global Aviation reveals the country's airlines is one of the worst when it comes to punctuality. Thomas explains the most punctual airlines are from Minsk, Panama City, Osaka, Moscow, and Tokyo and notes the reason why Australia has poor punctuality is due to airport constructions and weather. He names the most on-time airlines as Copa Airlines, airBaltic, Hong Kong Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, and Qantas Airways. He explains Qantas has a well-organised system and holds no priorities, a rumor which was probably from Virgin [Airlines]. He mentions the weather makes little opportunity to recover delayed flights. Audience 363,000 All, 164,000 MALE 16+, 192,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Geoffrey Thomas, Aviation Expert Vision Jetstar Mentions Adelaide|Brisbane|Cairns|Sydney Also broadcast from the following 43 stations Central GTS/BKN Port Lincoln (Port Lincoln), Central GTS/BKN Port Pirie (Spencer Gulf), Channel 7 (Brisbane), Channel 7 (Melbourne), Channel 7 (Adelaide), Channel 7 (Perth), GWN7 (Perth), Prime7 ACT (Canberra), Prime7 Albury (Albury), Prime7 Armidale (Armidale), Prime7 Ballarat (Ballarat), Prime7 Bendigo (Bendigo), Prime7 Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), Prime7 Cooma (Cooma), Prime7 Dubbo (Dubbo), Prime7 Gippsland (Sale), Prime7 Gold Coast (Gold Coast), Prime7 Griffith (Griffith), Prime7 Mildura (Mildura), Prime7 Moree (Moree), Prime7 Newcastle (Newcastle), Prime7 North Coast (Lismore), Prime7 Orange (Orange), Prime7 Shepparton (Shepparton), Prime7 Swan Hill (Swan Hill), Prime7 Tamworth (Tamworth), Prime7 Taree (Manning River), Prime7 Wagga Wagga (Wagga Wagga), Prime7 Warrnambool (Warrnambool), Prime7 Wollongong (Wollongong), Seven Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Seven Cairns (Cairns), Seven Central (Alice Springs), Seven Mackay (Mackay), Seven Mt Isa (Mt Isa), Seven Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Seven Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), Seven Tasmania (Hobart), Seven Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Seven Townsville (Townsville), Southern Cross Central (Alice Springs), Southern Cross Darwin (Darwin), Southern Cross GTS/BKN Broken Hill (Port Pirie)

Business booming as new restaurants open their doors around Gold Coast Brisbane Courier-Mail

13 Jan 2019 1:00 AM

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SPECIAL AGENTS Sun Herald, Sydney, Traveller

13 Jan 2019

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ONE IN A MILLION Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast, General News, Matthew Benns

12 Jan 2019

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TXT THE EDITOR Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, Letters

12 Jan 2019

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Escape the rat race for paradise Newcastle Herald, Newcastle NSW, Weekender, Judith Whitfield

12 Jan 2019

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SilkAir's services take off Northern Territory News, Darwin, General News, Gary Shipway

12 Jan 2019

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Air China cuts back Shanghai services Weekend Australian, Australia, Business News, Lisa Allen

12 Jan 2019

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Gold Coast Airport future-proof with $16m project Daily News, Tweeds Heads NSW, General News

12 Jan 2019

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Townsville Airport has unveiled a new 30-minute free parking space to tackle congestion ... Seven Townsville, Townsville, Seven Local News, Steve Titmus and Joanne Desmond

11 Jan 2019 6:06 PM

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Two for one deal to boost outback tourism in 2019 The North West Star

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14 Jan 2019 Australian Financial Review, Australia Author: Jenny Wiggins • Section: Companies and Markets Article type : Share Market Report • Classification : National • Audience : 44,635 Page: 13 • Printed Size: 639.00cm² • Region: National • Market: Australia ASR: AUD 12,925 • Words: 1210 • Item ID: 1063218231 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Risk for Sydney Airport as Chinese travellers look elsewhere Due Diligence

Jenny Wiggins Sydney Airport has been a big beneficiary of the Chinese tourism boom, with Chinese travellers – the biggest source of the airport’s overseas visitors – helping numbers of international passengers rise more than three times as fast as domestic passengers. But new research from UBS on Chinese residents’ travel intentions shows Australia is becoming less popular as a tourist destination, potentially crimping Sydney Airport’s growth. Australia dropped to the fourthmost popular country to visit behind Japan, Korea and Thailand in UBS’ most recent survey of 1595 Chinese residents, undertaken in October 2018, having been the second-most popular country just six months earlier. Sydney, which previously was the second-most popular city to visit after Tokyo, has also slid in the survey, slipping to equal fourth after Tokyo, Seoul and Phuket. UBS attributes Australia’s drop in popularity to the slowdown in the Chinese economy and the US-China trade war, with the Chinese now preferring to holiday closer to home. The research also shows Chinese are spending less money on airport duty-free goods, and are instead spending their cash at shopping malls, own-brand stores and discount stores. Chinese travellers typically spend about three times as much as other travellers on duty free goods in Australia. Sydney Airport has reaped financial rewards from 7 per cent annual growth in international passengers over the past three years, with more than twothirds of the airport’s annual revenues derived from its international passengers. Although the airport caters for some 28 million domestic travellers each year, compared with 16.6 million

international travellers, the international passengers are more

profitable because airports charge higher fees for international arrivals and departures. Analysts believe Sydney Airport’s dependence on international passengers could increase further when the Western Sydney Airport opens in 2026, with the new airport expected to take away some of Sydney Airport’s domestic traffic, particularly low-cost airlines. The numbers of Chinese tourists passing through Sydney Airport, which account for about 9 per cent of the airport’s international travellers according to UBS, rose 4.6 per cent between January and November 2018, a slowdown compared with the previous two years, when numbers grew about 18 per cent. Sydney Airport declined to specify exactly how many Chinese came through its immigration gates over the past year, with more detail expected at the airport’s annual results on February 21. The number of Chinese visiting Australia overall rose 8 per cent to 1.3 million in the year to September, according to Tourism Research Australia. UBS is still positive on Sydney Airport’s near-term outlook, forecasting 7 per cent annual growth in cash flow per share between 2018 and 2020 due to stable domestic passenger traffic, higher aeronautical charges and new growth initiatives, such as hotel development. But the bank has dropped its 12-month price target on the company’s stock to $7 from $7.30 previously. Sydney Airport’s shares Continued p22

From page 13 Risk for Sydney Airport as Chinese look elsewhere closed at $6.61 on Friday, flat on a year earlier compared with a 4.8 per cent drop in the S&P/ASX 200 over the same period. Macquarie Wealth Management, which has lowered its price target to $6.85 from $7.13 previously, has also expressed fears the airport’s previously strong trend in international passenger ffi

traffic growth is ‘‘turning’’, noting that growth over the September quarter was just 1.7 per cent, down from 5 per cent growth in previous quarters. A further concern for Macquarie is that airlines flying into Sydney are reducing the number of seats available on planes. Seat capacity in and out of Sydney has been rising at about 6 per cent since 2015 as Asian and Middle Eastern airlines added routes to Australia, as well as bigger planes. But Macquarie forecasts that capacity growth at Sydney Airport will drop from about 4 per cent in the final quarter of 2018 to just 0.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2019 as Asian and Middle Eastern carriers reduce available seats. It argues the airport’s capacity growth would be negative if Virgin and Air New Zealand had not ended their trans-Tasman alliance, which has led

to both airlines adding more seats on routes between Australia and New Zealand. Australia’s domestic airlines have also been reducing capacity, putting on smaller planes to save money on fuel and pushing up airfares. In addition to slowing international passenger growth, Sydney Airport must tackle the consequences from the Productivity Commission’s review of airport regulation. A draft report is due in February and analysts have cautioned investors that airlines may succeed in their push for easier access to arbitration when there are disputes over fees and charges, potentially hurting airport earnings if arbitrators rule in the airlines’ favour. Qantas is trying to convince the commission that Australian airports are exploiting their market power, arguing that consumers are paying the price of constantly increasing airport charges. Qantas claims that charges paid to airports by the Qantas Group have grown 6.5 per cent above the rate of inflation since 2014-15, and that Australian airports are more expensive than comparable airports in the US and New Zealand. Sydney Airport has rejected Qantas’ arguments, saying that on average, its published charges represent less than 6 per cent of the cost of international airfares, less than 9 per cent of the cost of domestic airfares and less than 4 per cent of the cost of regional airfares. It also says that many airlines receive


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discounts on these charges as part of negotiated agreements. The commission has received 87 submissions and will hold public hearings in March and April, with a final report due later this year. Previous reviews of airport regulation have not led to significant changes to the current system of ‘‘lighthanded’’ regulation but airports have been agitating more aggressively for changes than in the past, forming a lobbying group known as A4ANZ. Tensions between the airports and airlines have also been inflamed by Perth Airport’s decision to sue Qantas in the West Australian Supreme Court over alleged underpayment of aeronautical fees. Perth Airport, which negotiates individual aeronautical service agreements with airlines that last for seven years, says it charged Qantas (and its group airlines such as Jetstar) $27.8 million to use its services between July and October 2018 but claims Qantas has only paid it $16.5 million. Qantas has hit back at the lawsuit, telling the commission that Perth Airport was abusing its position as a monopoly by trying to increase Qantas’ cost of using the airport by around 38 per cent over the next seven years, and charging ‘‘well above’’ its cost of capital and building facilities. ‘‘The unilateral price increases proposed by Perth Airport are representative of the monopolistic mindset of airports charging customers whatever they can get away with,’’ Qantas said in a submission to the commission in late December. ‘‘In the last 10 years, Perth Airport has increased revenue per passenger by 59 per cent – which means the commission’s inquiry is timelier than ever.’’ Qantas argues that if the airlines had access to ‘‘independent arbitration’’, airports would deliver more competitive prices and be more efficient. The majority of Sydney Airport’s international aeronautical commercial agreements are due to be renewed in mid-2020, and will have to take into account any changes in regulation recommended by the commission.

Curbing their enthusiasm Where Chinese tourists intend to visit in the next 12 months (%) Countries

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Oct 2018

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Tokyo

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Seoul

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Adani yet again gets the bird THE patience of Adani is starting to wear thin. After eight years of struggle the Indian mining giant final announced the goahead for its Carmichael mine last November. Adani announced it would self-fund a scaled-down version of the mine and revamped rail link to Abbot Point. It looked like the project, set to inject hundreds of jobs into regional Queensland from Rockhampton to Townsville, would progress just as many thought its hopes were fading. But not so fast. In an appearance on Sky News last week, Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow revealed the company was still waiting for final State Government approvals before work could start. He said: “If we get the nod today, we can start tomorrow.” However, the reality is any start date could still be months away. The project cannot progress until the State Government signs off on management plans for the project, including one for the black-throated finch, which is native to the area. For a bird that is endangered, the black-throated finch pops up in a lot of locations. Its protection has been trotted out over the years as a reason to stop several proposals, including mining in the Galilee Basin, drought-affected cattle grazing in national parks and reserves and residential developments in the Townsville region (Bohle, Rocky Springs and Oak Valley). Mr Dow said Adani had been working with the State Government on its

managements plans for about 18 months and was up to its seventh revision. He said the State Government had now asked for another review, which it indicated could take another eight weeks; however, there was no definite time frame. Mr Dow said Adani had spent $1 million on studies into the black-throated finch and had set aside a large area of habitat for the bird. The latest delays are bordering on ludicrous and suggest the State Government wants to delay the project for as long as possible. Instead, it should expedite the process so Adani can get going and the longpromised jobs can begin flowing into Central and North Queensland.


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Time to capitalise p on buzz created by classy events

OUR city’s events reputation — and with it our reputation in general as a place you can enjoy an enviable lifestyle — continues to grow almost by the week. Yet again, the Gold Coast has hosted another top draw weekend with the Magic Millions festival culminating in a wonderful race day at the Gold Coast Turf Club. There are two really key things for the city right now — one is the events we have successfully hosted but what is also being recognised is the playground of the Gold Coast. This is the place you come where you can almost do anything — whether it is for great events, family holidays, bush walking in the Hinterland. At the

weekend, the Bulletin published a wonderful list of the top 10 swimming spots citywide which really showcased the diversity of this place many of us are lucky enough to call home. Our conference and incentive diary is also increasingly booked up, with people coming for those and then returning later with family. But if we are going to truly recognise our potential for events, we need to expand the convention centre and also have a semipermanent stage set up for concerts. We missed out on a lot of conferences due the size of our existing convention and exhibition centre at Broadbeach. But our calendar has been impressive of late and that will continue to grow — from the Commonwealth Games which was the biggest and promoted the city globally to surf carnivals, the Magic Millions, the Supercars

race — all of these events we have got show how well we do this stuff. Off the back of the Commonwealth Games we are getting national and international teams coming for training due to the facilities and climate. I noted John ‘Singo’ Singleton’s comments in the Bulletin at the weekend. He said the Gold Coast was abuzz day and night with a better lifestyle than Sydney as well as better restaurants, bars and somewhere you can “really live”. Sign him up, I say. PAUL DONOVAN DESTINATION GOLD COAST CHAIRMAN

“We need to expand the convention centre,” Paul Donovan


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SPECIAL AGENTS I’ve noted with interest that a number of the airlines are reviewing their refund policy. In September, I was scheduled to take a Jetstar flight to the Gold Coast for a wedding. On my way to the airport they sent me a text advising the flight was cancelled. Nothing more, just that. Attempts to contact Jetstar by phone or email were unsuccessful. I arrived at Sydney Airport and found absurd queues at all carriers. They advised nothing was available to the Gold Coast until the next day. Luckily I had booked my flights personally with a woman named Noelle from Dee Why Flight Centre and she managed to get me to the Gold Coast later in the day with another airline. Upon returning, I returned to Flight Centre to organise a refund for the cancelled Jetstar flight. It took Noelle 30 minutes on the phone and several emails to organise the refund, which was credited a fortnight later. My point is this: while it may be cheaper to book your own flights on the internet, when something goes wrong you are completely on your own. I am sure that had I not been able to contact the travel agency directly, I would not have made it to the wedding and certainly would not have received the refund for the cancelled flight. ROBERT GILES, DEE WHY, NSW

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12 Jan 2019 Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast Author: Matthew Benns • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 27,564 • Page: 1 • Printed Size: 969.00cm² Region: QLD • Market: Australia • ASR: AUD 9,020 • Words: 365 • Item ID: 1062639923

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Delfina a lady of lake

MATTHEW BENNS EDITOR-AT-LARGE

IT’S not every day a beautiful woman in a red ball gown rides a horse bare back into a lake – but hey, funny things happen on the Gold Coast. Argentinian businesswoman and model Delfina Blaquier did not hesitate, she hopped bareback onto the five-yearold former racehorse and rode it straight into the water. “I am a very aquatic person and a horse lover so to be able to swim with a horse is like a gift from heaven to me,” said the 37-year-old former world champion high jumper and photographer. Blaquier is in Australia with polo star husband Nacho Figueras for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival which culminates with a $10 million race day today. Also attending will be the Queen’s granddaughter Zara

Tindall and former English rugby international husband Mike and retired NRL legend Billy Slater and wife Nicole, who sold the first yearling from their new stables at the Magic Millions yearling sales yesterday. Unlike the world class jockeys who will be riding today, Blaquier put former racehorse Glonass through a different

kind of exercise. “He wanted to go into the water and I could totally feel that he was happy there,” she said. Although the swimming “made him super, super tired because it is so much exercise for him”. “This reminds me of when we were little children and we would all take our ponies down to the river to swim. I love swimming with horses,’’ she said. Meanwhile Slater’s career as a racehorse breeder got off to a flying start when his first colt sailed past the reserve and sold for $180,000. Legendary trainer Gai Waterhouse, for whom Slater rode trackwork as a teenager before taking up rugby league, was in

the bidding for the bay colt by Wandjina out of Inishowen but was pipped by Victorian trainer Ciaron Maher.

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Steve, Belgian Gardens, you avoided the salient point of my text about pill testing. Backyard/ homemade pills are not made to pharmaceutical standards, resulting in a scraping from one side of a pill not a true test of what the rest of the pill contains. You also avoided the legal issue of inaccurate analyses being given. Since you are so supportive of it, would you take on a job as a pill tester? Geo, Condon The LNP has made a poor choice backing Phillip Thompson as their candidate for Herbert. Racist and violent social media rants are not okay, not in 2012, not now, not ever. HJL Townsville At any gathering of people, a bbq, drinks in the pub, sporting event etc, when the subject of juveniles breaking into houses & stealing cars is discussed, the vast majority want recidivists locked up. The State Govt & General’s claim otherwise is more than false, it is blatantly misleading. Aaron Harpers oft-repeated “offenders must be held accountable” is a duplicitous apologists statement considering his Child Safety Minister Di Farmer is on record declaring “fewer children will be placed in detention.” The reality is the people of Townsville have had a gutful of the crime & the Govt’s do gooder policies. I repeat my challenge to both Harper & Stewart to stand outside a shopping centre for a reality check. Pedro Cranbrook Overcrowding at Detention Centre. Would many of these youths benefit more by sending them to rural/country locations? No TV, internet or

smart phones. Just a safe peaceful place with simple wholesome food, routine chores, school classes and education in wants, needs, choices, consequences.? Clare mbra I’ve relocated back to townsville after many years away. I’m constantly surprised at how many cars are always parked on footpaths. It makes t’ville look a rubbish tip. Great revenue maker for the council. Lilly 4814 Ball Tampering. When a player scuffs the ball on one side by rubbing on the ground or heaven forbid using sandpaper to make it swing then how come when outfield players polish the ball on one side on clothing to make the ball swing is not ball tampering. Brian Bluewater. Tony Raggatt says that solar will compete with coal without the Co2 output. But how many Co2 absorbing, oxygen producing trees are destroyed to build solar? Al 4817 Yes Bilton i remember the RED scheme, like most of Gough Whitlams schemes in his tenure as PM it sent the country broke. Shoelace 4812 Bob Katter is at it again shooting from the lip. Now he is suggesting kids should be roaming the streets with air rifles to help eradicate cane toads. Some very mixed messages indeed. He once advocated pot shots at rival pollies, now he is taking aim at the Bufonidae family. Never fails to make me laugh. Mr floppy 4814. Who or what organisation is working in the science of being able to burn coal

without pollution. Surely in this day and age we have capable scientists that if funded could solve this problem quite quickly. Then everyone will be happy with a clean green solution. It’s not in the unsolvable tray Jack4811 Tim 4815. It is simple, recycle in yellow lid and domestic waste in the other bin. And the one truck does not pick up both bins. Always has been a recycler and a domestic truck. AS. 4814. Oh joy! New pedals on the exercise bike at Peggy Banfield park. Thank you Santa. Blondie and mates.4818 Can someone tell me when the health regulations were changed to allow dogs in eating areas and shopping trolleys in supermarkets where people place their groceries . Darryl Kirwan I’m amazed at the controversy over pill testing. Illicit drugs are illegal. No if, buts or maybe’s. You can’t just give people at festivals a free pass. How do you explain to people in jail for similar offences? Taipan 4811 Steve. B. Gardens. I make no apology for my zero tolerance of any form of substance abuse, life is about choice & from birth once potty trained learn instinctively from every day society. Like all forms of life the strong survive the weak capitulate & the cycle goes on. Unless u want to pay more tax the govt only has X amount to fund health while oppositions play politics. We pamper these losers & provide hospital beds that genuinely sick people need, terminally ill children are denied a life due to insufficent funding. Cut these losers loose & let’s fund


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the needy. Carl. Pimlico. Well Clive has now scraped the bottom of the barrel....not only does he insult my intelligence with meaningless TV and radio propaganda for his doomed political aspirations he is now txing me with no ‘opt out’ option....if you want to do something constructive for our community open the nickel refinery or let someone else do it....better still Clive....GO AWAY....cranky Tradie Crjng I have a tried and true solution to Donald Trump’s wall woes. Bring over a million Chinese labourers to build it. We all know how good the Chinese were at building walls, and theirs is still standing after 2000 years. D. Bilton w /end No wonder the universities here have the highest placements into jobs after graduation in Queensland and the entire country! We have the highest unemployment in the country. A no brainer really! Thomas west end. 4810. I’ll vote for the party that bans gambling ads on TV , gamble responsibly ,no thats not right I meant vote responsibly. KJ Adale. Ergon can prevent dog bites simply, by giving home owners, dog owners a date of when they will come. Ok they know when the reader is due. They do have rosters. I when i had two dogs, barkers not biters, tried to get information of reading date. No go, instead iI got estimated readings.

Responsibility is also Ergon’s fault. Anne Rassmussen. Townsville with its industrial base, is the biggest and best and only choice for a new capital, for a new state. Townsville is bigger than Darwin and Hobart, and doesn’t get its share of state funds. We need a line drawn just south of Rockhampton. Its blindly obvious that a south east government of any persuasion, will have the best interests of the north, on its agenda. Joe Blake Talk about false advertising!! Has anyone ever been given a Subway or even one of the Maccas varieties with the filling as much as the ones advertised on their TV ads? Gnan 4814 Nancy I agree the TCC and Main Roads have let TSV become an eyesore no pride in our city. Janet. Condon Could the news programs please just report the news as it is, without bias. If I am watching a opinion show I expect what they show is their opinion , but when I watch the news it should be free from opinion, i.e. I do not want the domocrat only view on Donald Trump , or the Labor option only on Morrison. Give it to us as it is, even if both sides are stated, not one as if it is true. Tim 4818

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Your editorial praises the airport for providing something that has been available at most airports for years. You seem to suggest that it is Qantas’s problem that the upgrade is stalled. The Airport is privately owned. The should fund the upgrade themselves and not expect us to pay a levy from which they will profit. The public and Qantas should not be funding such an upgrade neither of us are likely to get a financial benefit. Carol 4810


12 Jan 2019 Newcastle Herald, Newcastle NSW Author: Judith Whitfield • Section: Weekender • Article type : Travel Story Classification : Regional • Audience : 33,228 • Page: 24 • Printed Size: 655.00cm² Region: NSW • Market: Australia • ASR: AUD 9,645 • Words: 699 • Item ID: 1062642286

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Escape the rat race for paradise

The Tweed is just waiting to be discovered, writes JUDITH WHITFIELD.

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LYING into Gold Coast airport, you’d be right to assume that most people are headed for the sands of Surfers Paradise, or they might be going slightly south for the laidback vibes of Byron Bay. But in between the two hotspots is an overlooked region that is forging a strong identity as an exciting destination to visit in its own right – the Tweed Valley. And that’s where I’m headed for a weekend of discovery, exploration and zoning out. At the epicentre of the valley is the imposing Wollumbin-Mount Warning, the remains of what was once a 100-kilometre-wide volcano and the first place in Australia to greet the sun each day. Under the gaze of the mountain, the vibrant riverside town of Murwillumbah is the inland hub, and dotted around the valley are charming country villages, lush farmland, rainforest, paddocks of sugar cane and food producers galore. A short drive north along a road which was once a smuggler’s route in and out of Queensland, is Mistere Spa and Retreat Urliup. Set on 130 acres of untouched bushland, the retreat is the height of privacy and luxury – home to just three one-bedroom villas. Each self-contained villa is nestled within the forest – one features views to Mt Warning, one overlooks the lake fountain and one enjoys the serene sounds of a waterfall. As well as a truly divine king bed, the villa boasts a lounge room with TV/DVD, a wood fire, a kitchenette and dining area that can

be transformed into an alfresco deck, a bathroom with waterfall shower and a deep spa bath for two. You can be as active, or inactive, as you like here. Wander one of the walking trails around the property and stumble upon dramatic sculptures; take some time out in the Zen garden with the giant Buddha; or unwind with an in-room massage. There is no on-site restaurant, but you can organise to have a breakfast basket or barbecue pack left for you. The basket has all you could need for two days: eggs, milk, bacon, yoghurt, muesli, fruit and more. But Murwillumbah is only a 10-minute drive away and we decide to head to dinner at Keith, a funky eatery serving grazing plates showcasing regional produce. On Saturday afternoon we explore some of the sights of the area under the guidance of proud resident Michael Simmons, who runs Mount Warning Tours. We begin with lunch in the picturesque town of Tumbulgum, at the junction of the Rous and Tweed rivers. The first village established in the region, it is now a magnet for visitors with its historic buildings and picture-perfect streets. One of the best spots in town is the alfresco courtyard of the House of Gabriel and an Ink gin and tonic from Husk Distillery down the road. The Tweed is full of lovely country roads with views for miles. After lunch we head west to Chillingham, stopping at Buck’s Farm. Owner Gerard ‘Buck’ Buchanan has been growing bush tucker on his 400-acre property for more than 40 years and his produce is garnering attention from some of the


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best chefs in the country. Heading further inland, we arrive in Tyalgum, a charming village which is home to historic buildings and a healthy performing arts scene. By the time we return to our hideaway in the hills, the sun is setting behind the magnificent outline of Mt Warning. We’ve been on the move all weekend and we’ve barely scratched the surface. From seaside towns to the beauty of the hinterland, the Tweed is an untapped paradise just waiting to be discovered. And it’s only a one-hour flight from Newcastle. The writer was a guest of Mistere.

AT A GLANCE ■ Flights: Jetstar flies to the Gold Coast from Newcastle daily. ■ Accommodation: Mistere Spa and Retreat; misterespaandretreat.com ■ Tours: Mount WarningTours, full or half day by car or boat. mountwarningtours. com.au ■ Massage: Karen at Cherrysh Massage Therapy; 0417 850 828

HIDE AND SEEK: The 130-acre retreat has many unusual sculptures.

PRIVATE: The kitchenette in the Fountain View villa at Mistere.

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CHARMING: The main street of Tyalgum with Mount Warning behind. Pictures: Judith Whitfield

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12 Jan 2019 Northern Territory News, Darwin Author: Gary Shipway • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Capital City Daily • Audience : 14,624 • Page: 6 • Printed Size: 441.00cm² Region: NT • Market: Australia • ASR: AUD 2,947 • Words: 279 • Item ID: 1062544392

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SilkAir’s services take off

GARY SHIPWAY

SILKAIR is increasing its weekly services between Darwin and Singapore. The airline will offer seven services a week to Singapore with the addition of a Saturday service from July 6. SilkAir’s northern Australia manager Susan Yong said the extra service was a response to growing demand. “We are very excited to be celebrating seven years of service to Darwin and marking the occasion with our seventh weekly service,” she said. “In 2012 we started our first service to Darwin, flying four times weekly. Since then, we have enjoyed growing travel demand in Darwin and we are thrilled to now offer seven services every week to Singapore. “The addition of the new Saturday service will give both business and leisure travel cus-

tomers even more flexibility; providing more choice for days and times of departure and arrival.” NT Airports chief executive Ian Kew said he was delighted with the SilkAir announcement. “SilkAir is a key partner having shown their loyalty to our region over the past seven years and its commitment is crucial to the future of Territory tourism, business, education and airfreight,” he said. The SilkAir announcement is another success for Darwin with several other new routes to begin this year. From April 3, Qantas will start a twice weekly service from Darwin to Uluru. On the same day, Airnorth kicks off its twice weekly service from Darwin to the Gold Coast via Townsville. On April 10 Virgin starts a three times weekly service from Darwin to Denpasar.

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SilkAir is to increase its services between Darwin and Singapore in response to growing demand. The new Saturday service will give business and leisure travellers an extra option Picture: STEWART McLEAN

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12 Jan 2019 Weekend Australian, Australia Author: Lisa Allen • Section: Business News • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 219,242 • Page: 25 • Printed Size: 293.00cm² Region: National • Market: Australia • ASR: AUD 9,569 • Words: 543 Item ID: 1062504183 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Air China cuts back Shanghai services LISA ALLEN

Air China will abandon its services from Shanghai to Australia’s east coast hubs from late March, marking a blow to Australia’s tourism sector, which is increasingly reliant on cashed-up Chinese holiday-makers. China’s third-largest carrier will cut its four weekly services from Shanghai to Melbourne and three weekly services to Sydney from March 31. Despite trade tensions between Australia and China, Chinese vacationers continued to lead the Australian tourism growth among the bigger international markets, with visitor numbers climbing 8 per cent to 1.3 million for the year to September, according to recent figures released by Tourism Research Australia. Chinese tourists spent $11.5 billion on Australian goods and services in the 12 months to September, accounting for more than a quarter of total international inbound spending, which jumped 5 per cent to $43.2bn. Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan said Air China’s cessation of services was unfortunate but China Southern and China Eastern were the two

biggest carriers into Australia. “Chinese arrivals are still growing. We still have a largescale partnership in China with China Southern, China Eastern and work with Qantas and we have Cathay Pacific,” he said. “The largest carrier out of China into Australia is China Southern followed by China Eastern — if you look at their capacity from Guangzho, Shanghai and Shenzen that’s where the significant capacity comes from.” Mr O’Sullivan said Air China’s decision to cut services was “ultimately a decision the airline made unilaterally, based on its commercial performance”. Despite the cutbacks, Air China is planning to increase services from Beijing to Sydney to seven days a week for the coming winter, up from five. Sources said Air China believed there was sufficient capacity from Shanghai to Sydney from Qantas, China Eastern and China Southern. “Air China have been quite focused … they have also pulled out of a bunch of European countries and they have made Brisbane services seasonal so that they operate over the Australian summer through to the Chinese New Year and cut out during winter,” the source said.

“We are happy Air China is Mr O’Sullivan said the China to Australia market was still well upgrading Sydney to daily serviserved, with 17 mainland cities fly- ces from Beijing in the winter months.” ing to seven Australian cities. “We know the importance of aviation capacity and continue to work with the states and territories and existing airline partners. From an aviation point of view the Chinese market grew by 25 per cent last year in terms of seats,” he said. Chinese tourists were not just interested in Sydney and Melbourne with repeat visitors wanting to holiday on the Gold Coast and Cairns. “We are starting to see it disperse. Two of our fastest-growing destinations for China are Adelaide and Tasmania. We are very encouraged with the regional dispersal.” “As Chinese visitors become repeat visitors they then start to go into different parts of the country. While the Air China news is not necessarily what you want to hear, China Southern is now flying to Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Sydney and Brisbane. You have a carrier that has an entry point into every mainland city — that for us is really important. “China Eastern, through codeshares with Qantas, they can also service the market really well.


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Gold Coast Airport future-proof with $16m project MAKING room to meet demand has been the focus of a $16 million reconfiguration of the Gold Coast Airport apron which has delivered up to four additional aircraft parking spaces. As the airport experiences its annual peak travel period, the completion of the 19 month project has delivered four Code C (narrow body) or three Code E (wide body) aircraft positions. A major component of the project involved relocation of jet-fuel hydrants to align with new parking positions, which was project managed by Caltex. Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said as well as additional capacity, the reconfiguration provided more flexibility during peak times and busy periods. “The new apron layout gives us the ability to easily switch between narrow and wide body aircraft, depending on demand,” she said. “Having more parking space also reduces the potential of aircraft having to hold on taxiways while waiting for a parking position to become available.” Manager of the joint venture between Caltex and BP, Shane Rooney, said the joint venture was proud to have supported an important project for the future of Gold Coast Airport. “Safe and reliable fuel infrastructure is a critical part of airport operations, so we are pleased to have worked closely with Gold Coast Airport to successfully

deliver a project that will support its growth into the future,” he said. The work, which was carried out while airport operations continued, required 900 metres of new underground hydrant pipe to reticulate fuel to be installed, 31 new hydrant points for refuelling and two new underground valve chambers which generated more than 20,000 labour hours on the mechanical works side alone. It follows the airport’s $86 million airside upgrade in 2018, which delivered a 20,000sq m apron expansion to facilitate four additional aircraft, and a new taxiway.

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Safe and reliable fuel infrastructure is a critical part of airport operations — Shane Rooney

FUTURE-PROOF: Gold Coast Airport has completed a $16 million apron realignment. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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