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Inquiry Name:

Inquiry into regional airfares in Western Australia

Date Commenced:06/14/2017
Tabling Date:11/28/2017
Inquiry Status:Current

Committee Name:

Economics and Industry Standing Committee

House:Legislative Assembly

Members Conducting Inquiry
Members:Ms Jessica Jane Shaw MLA
Mr Sean Kimberley L'Estrange MLA
Mr Yaz Mubarakai MLA
Mr Stephen James Price MLA
Hon. Donald Terrence (Terry) Redman MLA


Staff Members: Dr David Worth (Principal Research Officer)
Mr Lachlan Gregory (Research Officer)

Contact Details

Phone No:08 9222 7469
Fax No:08 9222 7804
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Terms of Reference:The Economics and Industry Standing Committee resolved to inquire into and report on matters relating to airfare prices on regular public transport (RPT) air routes in regional Western Australia. In particular, the Committee will evaluate the:

a. factors contributing to the current high cost of regional airfares;

b. impacts that high-cost regional airfares have on regional centres- from a business, tourism and social perspective;

c. impact of State Government regulatory processes on the cost and efficiency of regional air services;

d. actions that the State and local government authorities can take to limit increases to airfares without undermining the commercial viability of RPT services;

e. actions that airlines can take to limit increases to airfares without undermining the commercial viability of RPT services; and

f. recent actions taken by other Australian governments to limit regional RPT airfare increases.

The Committee will report to the House by 28 November 2017.


Important Information


Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Committee of the Legislative Assembly
Giving Evidence to a Parliamentary Committee of the Legislative Assembly



Deadline for Submissions:
07/28/2017

Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms, Level 1/11 Harvest Tce, West Perth

Hearing Dates:

Date

Time

Venue

Organisation

Witnesses

Broadcasted In

Pub/Priv

08/09/201710:30 AMMeeting Room 1Department of TransportMr Steve Beyer, A/Managing Director, Policy Planning and Investment; Mr Brett Hughes, Executive Director, Transport Strategy and Reform; and Mr Peter Ryan, Director, Aviation Policy and Programs. Public
08/16/201709:30 AMMeeting Room 2Department​of Primary I​ndu​​stries and Regional DevelopmentMr Ralph Addis, Director General; Mr Arron Minchin, Executive Director, Strategy and Evaluation (Regional Development Division); and Mr Martin Clifford, Manager, Policy and Strategy (Regional Development Division). Public
08/21/201708:00 AMShire of Wyndham/East Kimberley OfficesShire of Wyndham/East KimberleyCommissioner Ron Yuryevich Mr Carl Askew, CEO Public
08/21/201708:50 AMKimberley Development CommissionMr Jeff Gooding, CEO Public
08/21/201709:30 AMKununurra CCIMs Jill Williams, President Ms Michele Pucci, Vice President Public
08/22/201708:30 AMShire of Broome OfficesShire of BroomeCr Harold Tracey, Deputy Shire President Mr Sam Mastrolembo, Chief Executive Officer Ms Aletta Nugent, Director Development & Community Mr Mark Davis, Manager Community & Economic Development Public
08/22/201709:50 AMBroome International AirportMr Paul McSweeney, CEO Ms Kimberley Krenz Public
08/22/201710:30 AMBroome CCIMs Jael Napper, CEO Mr Peter Taylor, President Public
08/22/201711:30 AMShire of Derby-West KimberleyMrs Elsia Archer, President Mr Stephen Gash, CEO Public
08/22/201711:30 AMDerby CCIMr Paul Bickerton, President Mr Stewart Milne, Vice President Public
08/22/201701:00 PMTourism operatorsMr Michael Leake, Manager Habitat Resort Mr Bill Reed AM, Allure South Sea Pearls Mr James Brown, Managing Director, Cygnet Bay Pearls Public
08/23/201710:45 AMCity of Karratha OfficesCity of KarrathaMr Simon Kot, Director Strategic Projects & Infrastructure Services Private
08/23/201711:45 AMKarratha CCIMr John Lally, CEO Mr Vaughan Corps, Vice President Ms Cassie Perry Public
08/23/201701:30 PMPilbara Development CommissionMr Terry Hill, CEO Public
08/23/201702:30 PMTown of Port HedlandMr Owen Hightower Mr Armando de la Flor Olavide Public
08/29/201710:45 AMCity of Albany OfficesCity of AlbanyMayor Dennis Wellington Mr Andrew Sharpe, CEO Mr Michael Cole, Executive Director of Corporate Services Public
08/29/201710:45 AMCity of Albany OfficesWA Regional Capitals AllianceMr Paul Rosair, CEO Public
08/29/201711:45 AMAlbany CCIMs Caroline Hayes, President Mr Russ Clarke, CEO Public
08/29/201701:00 PMTourism operators SKAL InternationalMs Elise van Gorp, General Manager, Discovery Bay Ms Cathy Glen Public
08/30/201711:00 AMShire of Esperance OfficesShire of EsperanceMr Matthew Scott, CEO Mrs Victoria Brown, Shire President Mrs Natalie Bowman, Deputy Shire President Public
08/30/201711:45 AMEsperance CCIMs Kylie Ryan, CEO Public
08/30/201701:00 PMTourism EsperanceMr Wayne Halliday Public
08/31/201709:00 AMCity of Kalgoorlie-Boulder OfficesCity of Kalgoorlie-BoulderMr John Bowler, Mayor Mr John Walker, CEO Public
08/31/201710:00 AMKalgoorlie-Boulder CCIMs Jessica Biddle, President Mr Hugh Gallagher, CEO Mr Ronald Mosby, President RCCIWA Public
08/31/201711:00 AMGoldfields Esperance Development CommissionMr Shayne Flanagan, CEO Public
09/06/201709:30 AMLA Meeting Room (Parl House)Curtin UniversityAssociate Professor Jianhong Xia LACR Public
09/06/201710:30 AMLA Meeting Room (Parl House)Tourism WAMs Derryn Belford, Executive Director, Destination Development Ms Claire Werkmeister, Director Aviation Development and Policy, Ms Louise Scott, Executive Director Strategy, Brand & Marketing Services Tourism WA LACR Public
09/11/201709:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2Onslow CCIMs Chantelle King – CEO Ms Hayley Brett – Vice President LACO Public
09/11/201710:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2Qantas Airways LtdMr Andrew Parker, Group Executive, Government, Industry and International Affairs Mr Andrew David, CEO Qantas Domestic Mr Guy Waddell, Head of Revenue Management LACO Public
09/11/201711:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2Australian Airports Association Ms Caroline Wilkie, CEO Mr Guy Thompson, Chairman (& Chief Operating Officer of Perth Airport) LACO Public
09/11/201701:00 PMLACO Meeting Room 2Shire of AshburtonMr Dale Stewart, Acting CEO Mr Troy Davis, Airport Manager LACO Public
09/11/201702:00 PMLACO Meeting Room 2Virgin AustraliaMs Jane McKeon, Group Executive Government Relations Mr Anthony Stokes, General Manager VA Finance Mr Richard George, Head of Corporate Sales LACO Public
09/11/201703:00 PMLACO Meeting Room 2INPEXMr Bill Townsend, General Manager External Affairs and Joint Venture LACO Public
09/13/201709:00 AMLA Meeting Room (Parl House)National Party (WA)Hon Colin de Grussa MLC, Mr Vince Catania MLA LACR Public
09/13/201710:00 AMLA Meeting Room (Parl House)Regional Express (REX)Mr Warrick Lodge, General Manager, Network Strategy & Sales LACR Public
09/18/201709:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2WA Indigenous Tourism Operators CouncilMr Robert Taylor, CEO LACO Public
09/18/201709:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2Tourism CouncilMr Evan Hall, CEO LACO Public
09/18/201710:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2Association of Mining and Exploration CompaniesMr Simon Bennison, CEO LACO Public
09/18/201710:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA Ms Caroline Cherry LACO Public
09/18/201711:30 AMLACO Meeting Room 2City of Greater GeraldtonMr Bob Davis, Director Corporate & Commercial Services LACO Public
09/18/201701:00 PMLACO Meeting Room 2Pilbara Regional CouncilMr Tony Friday, CEO LACO Public
09/18/201701:00 PMLACO Meeting Room 2WALGAMr Ian Duncan, Executive Manager, Infrastructure LACO Public
09/18/201702:00 PMLACO Meeting Room 2Australian Hotels Association (WA)Mr Bradley Woods, CEO LACO Public
09/18/201703:15 PMLACO Meeting Room 2Skippers AviationMr Stan Quinlivan, CEO LACO Public


Related Written Submissions:

Written Submission by Mr Gareth Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, Seashells Hospitality Group received on 26 Jun 2017
Written Submission by Mr Colin Scott received on 26 Jun 2017
Written Submission by Ms Sonja Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Manager, HeliSpirit received on 26 Jun 2017
Written Submission by City of Greater Geraldton received on 10 Jul 2017
Written Submission by City of Karratha received on 12 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Belinda Brown received on 16 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Price Grey received on 17 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of Esperance received on 19 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Dorothy Radisich received on 24 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley received on 25 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Cr Peter Foster, Shire of Ashburton received on 25 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Vincent Catania MLA - Member for North West Central received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of Wiluna received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Smithson Planning received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Grant Smart received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Neil Portas received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Miss Hanneke Schoe received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Troy Thompson received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Emma-Lee Jane received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Joanne Sadler received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Tegan Simmonds received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Rosalia Scacchia received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Sarah Roots received on 26 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Broome International Airport received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Tourism WA dated 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Hon Robin Scott MLC received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Associate Professor Xia - Curtin University received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of East Pilbara received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of Shark Bay received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr David Riddell-Robertson received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Mike Garstone received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Cheryl & Peter Muir received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Andrew Wood received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Kaylene Somerville received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Ann Hobbs received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Claire English received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by WA Labor South Hedland Branch received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Kerry Jones, Shark Bay Hotel received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Simon Hopkin received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Cally Dupe received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Leearna Alexander received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Tayna Cox received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Bronwen Thomas received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Mandy Dietrich received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Troy Sweeney received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Bridget Parish received on 27 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of Broome received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Western Australian Regional Capitals Alliance received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of Derby/West Kimberley received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Regional Express (REX) received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by East Kimberley Marketing Group & East Kimberley CCI received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Australian Airports Association received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Australia's North West Tourism received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Virgin Australia received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Western Australian Regional Capitals Alliance received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Regional Development Australia Mid West Gascoyne received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Regional Aviation Association of Australia received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by RAC received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Pilbara Regional Council received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by East Kimberley Marketing Group & East Kimberley CCI received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Hon Laurie Graham MLC - Agricultural Region received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Gascoyne Development Commission received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Hon Darren West MLC - Member for Agricultural Region received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Brodie Neilson received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Hon Kyle McGinn MLC received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Department of Transport received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Morag Lowe received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Joanne Pavlinovich received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Jeffrey Cannon received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Karley Allen received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Keda-Jane Bond received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Jacinta Middleton received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Janelle Atwell received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Graeme Hutton received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Amanda Harding received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Wendy Jones received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Laura Camilleri received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Seashells Broome received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Marian Carpenter received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Maria Magnay received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Laine Ellis received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Kellie Jackson received on 28 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Lenore Batt received on 29 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Jim Williams received on 29 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Qantas received on 31 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Mr Michael Leake received on 31 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Association of Mining and Exploration Companies received on 31 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Tourism Council received on 31 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Kimberley Zone of WALGA received on 31 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Ms Sue Knowles received on 31 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Parliamentary National Party of Australia (WA) received on 1 Aug 2017
Written Submission by WA Local Government Association (WALGA) received on 1 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Western Australian Jockey's Association received on 1 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development received on 2 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Ms Erin Gellie received on 6 Aug 2017
Written Submission by INPEX Operations Australia received on 7 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Australian Hotels Association received on 11 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Mr Charlie Sharpe received on 14 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Port Hedland International Airport received on 22 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Pilbara Development Commission received on 24 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Kimberley Development Commission received on 24 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Australian Airports Association (supplementary) received on 25 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Ms Dianne Moar received on 27 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Ms Samantha Duddy received on 29 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce & Industry- Mr Hugh Gallagher, received on 30 Aug 2017
Written Submission by CEO received on 30 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Ms Paula Fletcher received on 30 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Ms Allison Bruce received on 31 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Goldfields Women’s Refuge- Ms Jacqui Smith, Manager received on 1 Sep 2017
Written Submission by Ms Marcia Bryce received on 1 Sep 2017
Written Submission by Ms Anne McCall received on 1 Sep 2017
Written Submission by Ms Gina Yorke received on 11 Sep 2017
Written Submission by Town of Port Hedland- Mr David Pentz (Chief Executive Officer) received on 15 Sep 2017
Written Submission by Puntukurnu Medical Service- Ms Kate Clarke (Chief Executive Officer) received on 17 Sep 2017
Written Submission by City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder received on 27 Sep 2017
Written Submission by Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development- Mr Stephen Borthwick (Acting Executive Director, Aviation and Airports) received on 29 Sep 2017

Related Transcripts of Evidence:

• Evidence by Kimberley Development Commission- Mr Jeff GOODING (CEO) on 21/08/0174
• Evidence by Department of Transport- Mr Steve BEYER (Acting Managing Director, Policy, Planning and Investment), Mr Peter RYAN (Director, Aviation), Mr Brett HUGHES (Executive Director, Transport Strategy and Reform) on 09/08/2017
• Evidence by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development- Mr Ralph Addis (Acting Director General), Mr Martin Clifford (Manager, Policy and Strategy) on 16/08/2017
• Evidence by East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Ms Jill WILLIAMS (President), Mrs Michele PUCCI (Vice Chairperson) on 21/08/2017
• Evidence by Shire of Wyndham–East Kimberley- Mr Carl ASKEW (CEO), Mr Paul BAWDEN (Manager, East Kimberley Regional Airport) on 21/08/2017
• Evidence by Broome International Airport- Mr Paul McSWEENEY (CEO), Ms Kimberley KRENZ (Commercial Manager), Mr Robert MENZIES (Executive Manager, Infrastructure) on 22/08/2017
• Evidence by Shire of Derby–West Kimberley- Mr Stephen GASH (CEO), Mrs Elsia ARCHER (President). Derby Chamber of Commerce- Mr Paul BICKERTON (President), Mr Stewart MILNE (Vice-President) on 22/08/2017
• Evidence by Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Mr Peter TAYLOR (President), Ms Jael NAPPER (CEO) on 22/08/2017
• Evidence by Mr Michael LEAKE (Manager, Habitat Resort Broome), Mr William REED (Director, Allure South Sea Pearls), Mr James BROWN (Chair, Broome Tourism Leadership Group) on 22/08/2017
• Evidence by City of Karratha- Mr Simon KOT (Director, Strategic Projects and Infrastructure Services) on 23/08/2017
• Evidence by Town of Port Hedland- Mr Owen HIGHTOWER (Representative), Mr Armando de la FLOR OLAVIDE (Senior Partnerships and Engagement Officer) on 23/08/2017
• Evidence by Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Mr John LALLY (CEO), Mrs Cassie PERRY (Board Member), Mr Vaughan CORPS (Vice-President) on 23/08/2017
• Evidence by Pilbara Development Commission- Mr Terry HILL (CEO) on 23/08/2017
• Evidence by Shire of Broome-Mr Harold TRACEY (Deputy Shire President), Mr Sam MASTROLEMBO (CEO), Ms Aletta NUGENT (Director, Development and Community), Mr Mark DAVIS (Manager, Community and Economic Development) on 24/08/2017
• Evidence by Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Ms Caroline Hayes (President) and Mr Russell Clark (CEO) on 29/08/2017
• Evidence by Ms Elise Van Gorp (General Manager, Albany's Historic Whaling Station) and Mrs Cathy Glen (Tourism Lecturer, Skal International Albany) on 29/08/2017
• Evidence by City of Albany- Mr Dennis Wellington (Mayor), Mr Andrew Sharpe (CEO), Mr Michael Cole (Executive Director, Corporate Services) and WA Regional Capitals Alliance- Mr Paul Rosair (Executive Officer) on 29/08/2017
• Evidence by Esperance CCI- Ms Kylie Ryan (CEO) on 30/08/2017
• Evidence by Tourism Esperance- Mr Wayne Halliday (Chairperson) on 30/08/2017
• Evidence by Shire of Esperance- Cr Victoria Brown (President), Cr Natalie Bowman (Deputy President) and Mr Matthew Scott (CEO) on 30/08/2017
• Evidence by Associate Professor Jianhong Xia (Curtin University) on 06/09/2017
• Evidence by Tourism WA- Ms Derryn Belford (Executive Director, Destination Development), Mrs Louise Scott (Executive Director, Strategy, Brand and Marketing Services) and Ms Claire Werkmeister (Director, Aviation Development and Policy) on 06/09/2017
• Evidence by Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Ms Chantelle King (Chief Executive Officer) and Ms Hayley Brett (Vice-President) on 11/09/2017
• Evidence by Australian Airports Association- Ms Caroline Wilkie (Chief Executive Officer) and Mr Guy Thompson (Chair) on 11/09/2017
• Evidence by Shire of Ashburton- Mr Dale Stewart (Acting Chief Executive Officer) and Mr Troy Davis (Director Infrastructure Services) on 11/09/2017
• Evidence by INPEX- Mr WILLIAM TOWNSEND (General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture), Mr JOHN WILLIAMS (External Affairs Manager), Mr NICOLAS WIRTZ (Senior External Affairs Officer) on 11/09/2017
• Evidence by Qantas Airways Ltd- Mr Andrew David (CEO, Qantas Domestic), Mr Andrew Parker (Group Executive, Government, Industry and International Affairs) and Mr Guy Waddell (Head of Domestic Revenue Management) on 11/09/2017
• Evidence by Virgin Australia- Ms Jane McKeon (Group Executive, Government Relations), Mr Richard George (Head of Corporate Sales) and Mr Anthony Stokes (General Manager, Finance) on 11/09/2017
• Evidence by The National Party of Australia (WA)- Hon Colin de Grussa MLC, Mr Vincent Catania MLA and Ms Johanna Ramsay (Independent Aviation Consultant) on 13/09/2017
• Evidence by Regional Express (REX)- Mr Warrick Lodge (General Manager, Network Strategy and Sales) on 13/09/2017
• Evidence by Skippers Aviation Pty Ltd- Mr Stan Quinlivan (Chief Executive Officer) on 18/09/2017
• Evidence by Western Australian Local Government Association- Mrs Lynette Craigie (President) and Mr Ian Duncan (Executive Manager, Infrastructor). Pilbara Regional Council- Mr Tony Friday (Chief Executive Officer) on 18/09/2017
• Evidence by Australian Hotels Assocation (WA)- Mr Bradley Woods (Chief Executive Officer), Ms Victoria Jackson (Government Relations Manager) on 18/09/2017
• Evidence by City of Greater Geraldton- Mr Bob Davis (Director, Corporate & Commercial Services) on 18/09/2017
• Evidence by Association of Mining and Exploration Companies- Mr Neil Van Drunen (Policy Adviser) and Mr Paul Cmrlec (Managing Director, Pantoro Ltd). Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA- Mrs Caroline Cherry (Manager, Economic Cometitiveness) and Ms Lisa-Maree Campbell (Policy Adviser). on 18/09/2017
• Evidence by Tourism Council WA- Mr Evan Hall (Chief Executive Officer). Tourism Council WA- Ms Tania Donovan (Chairperson), Mr Robert Taylor (Chief Executive Officer) on 18/09/2017

Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice: