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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
Email: Click here to send an email to this Committee

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 Ms Julia Bellis 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 & Derby CCIMs Jael Napper, CEO Mr Peter Taylor, President Mr Glen Chidlow, CEO Australia’s North West Tourism Public
08/22/201711:30 AMShire of Derby-West KimberleyMr Stephen Gash, CEO Private
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 Public
08/23/201711:45 AMKarratha CCIMr John Lally, CEO Ms Kylah Morrison, President Public
08/23/201701:30 PMPilbara Development CommissionMr Terry Hill, CEO Public
08/23/201703:30 PMTown of Port HedlandMr Owen Hightower 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, Chairman 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 Mr John Woodbury, President Public
08/30/201711:00 AMShire of Esperance OfficesShire of EsperanceMr Matthew Scott, CEO 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 Walker, CEO Private
08/31/201710:00 AMKalgoorlie-Boulder CCIMs Jessica Bidde, President Mr Hugh Gallagher, CEO Public
08/31/201711:00 AMGoldfields Esperance Development CommissionMr Shayne Flanagan, CEO Public
09/06/201709:30 AMLA Committee Room, Parl HouseCurtin UniversityAssociate Professor Jianhong Xia Public
09/06/201710:30 AMLA Meeting Room (Parl Hse)Tourism WAMs Derryn Belford, Executive Director, Destination Development Ms Claire Werkmeister, Director Aviation Development and Policy Public


Related Written Submissions:

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 Shire of Esperance received on 19 Jul 2017
Written Submission by Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley 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 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 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 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 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 Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development received on 2 Aug 2017
Written Submission by INPEX Operations Australia received on 7 Aug 2017
Written Submission by Australian Hotels Association received on 11 Aug 2017

Related Transcripts of Evidence:

• 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

Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice: