Mr GUYULA to MINISTER for INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING and LOGISTICS
Since last year Airnorth has not been able to operate daily services to Milingimbi. I am told that this has occurred because the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia airplane used for this service has now been deemed too large for the current airstrip by CASA. For the service to be reinstated the airstrip must be widened by five metres. Is there any plans by the government to fulfil this need?
Madam Speaker, I thank the member for his question. I will get back to you with the details about that situation. Last year, yes, it was a real concern when we saw that CASA had said there were issues with landing the aircraft that was used there. A great deal of work happened at that point in sitting down with CASA and the airline to make sure they worked through the matter. I believe an alternative aircraft had been arranged at that time to go in there. However, there were questions about the aircraft suitability and the width of the landing strip.
Yes, remote access by plane is extremely important to your electorate. I was at Gunbalanya and was speaking to some of your board from ALPA at that point and I was receiving very strong advocacy from those gentlemen as well.
I will get you an update straight after Question Time about where that matter is presently at because I do not have the latest advice in front of me. It was something that when it was raised last year we made sure we had the parties sitting at the table working through that. The most important thing was making sure air services were continuing. Thank you, Member for Nhulunbuy.