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Travelling cost farce on Mayor's hit list

Mayor Anne Baker has vowed to ensure Isaac gets a fair go for flights as the price gouging shamefully continues in rural and regional areas.

The mayor of the largest mining region in Queensland says she is deeply concerned at the impacts at the high cost of flights between Moranbah and Brisbane.

“The price that people in Queensland’s rural and regional areas have to pay is absolutely ridiculous,” Mayor Baker said.

“An analysis by Council identified the average cost to Council of a return flight had increased by about $100 or 20 per cent from September to November this year.

“We want to attract more people to come live, work and play in Isaac but when flights are at the cost that they are, this puts us into quite a predicament.

“We currently have an increase in mining activity and other parts of the energy sector in Isaac.

“This in turn comes with an increased need for Council and local businesses to meet on a face-to-face basis with key stakeholders in those growth industries.

“With current pricing, it is extremely expensive for people needing to transact business in the Isaac region to fly into and out of Moranbah.

Mayor Baker said as a consequence people are flying into Mackay or Emerald, potentially using an alternative carrier.

“This increases road travel and associated risks and reduces the benefits to the local economy,” she said.

“The current pricing is also placing a financial burden on community members needing to travel to Brisbane for health, family or business reasons.

“It is of great concern to council that the community is effectively forced to undertake a four to five hour round trip to either Mackay or Emerald to secure affordable flights.”

Mayor Baker said Council will take part in an inquiry that is set to begin into rural and regional air routes and prices.

“The inquiry will examine the operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities.

“It will also look at the social and economic impacts, different legal, regulatory, policy and pricing frameworks and practices.

“It is in Council’s interest to participate in the inquiry.”


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Image 1 (JPEG, MB): Mayor Anne Baker is joining the fight to give residents and businesses a fair go when it comes to flights in rural and regional areas.


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Isaac Regional Council PR & Media Officer                                                              4846 3333

 

7 December 2017