Transport Minister Troy Buswell is encouraging public input into the draft State Aviation Strategy, the first of its kind for Western Australia.
Mr Buswell said it was important the public played an active role in framing the aviation strategy. The draft was released today.
It aims to respond to deficiencies in the State’s aviation infrastructure, airport governance and levels of aviation service competition.
“In the past 10 years, Perth Airport and a number of major regional airports have experienced rapid growth in passenger and aircraft movements, with the Pilbara airports being the fastest growing in Australia,” the Minister said.
“This extraordinary growth is a result of the resource industry activity and high levels of economic and population growth, and indicates a boon for the local economy.
“However, there are shortcomings in the industry that are affecting productivity and are causing considerable inconvenience to the travelling public.
“The draft strategy proposes a suite of actions where the State will work in partnership with airports, regional shire councils, airlines and the resources and energy sector to ensure these services continue to meet our needs.”
Mr Buswell said the strategy would support the economic and social development of WA through safe, affordable, efficient and effective aviation services and infrastructure.
“It aims to provide a sound framework for policy development and future planning in WA’s international and domestic air services and airport infrastructure,” he said.
The Minister said WA was the engine room of the Australian economy, generating 46 per cent of the nation’s merchandise exports by value and much of this output depended upon reliable and effective air services.
“Whether it’s ferrying tens of thousands of resources and energy industry workers to mines across the State, flying tourists to Broome or Esperance, connecting friends and relatives, or allowing vital social services, aviation plays a pivotal role,” he said.
The comment period on the draft State Aviation Strategy closes at 5pm on Monday December 23, 2013.
Draft State Aviation Strategy is the first developed for WA and complements the National Aviation Policy White Paper and the State’s other key transport strategies
Strategy has been prepared by the Department of Transport with close consultation with airport owners, airlines and the resources industry, along with results of aviation workshops held in WA regional centres
Passenger movements in Pilbara airports are increasing at annual rates of 20%
Perth Airport is the fastest growing of the capital city airports, with throughput increasing at near 10% pa - double the rates of Sydney and Melbourne
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