Air deal for the re­gion

PIL­BARA PIC­TURE This shot of Kar­ratha from the Yabu­rara Her­itage Trail was taken by Katie Lange.

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

The City of Kar­ratha and other coun­cils in the North West have been ap­proached by lo­cal avi­a­tion com­pany Avi­air about the po­ten­tial for a flight ser­vice out of Kar­ratha that would con­nect with sev­eral other North West re­gional cen­tres.

The proposal would pro­vide fixed-wing flights be­tween Kar­ratha and Broome, Port Hed­land, New­man, Ex­mouth and pos­si­bly else­where.

This is an ex­cit­ing proposal for the re­gion as it will en­able peo­ple to fly all over the Pil­bara and else­where on a reg­u­lar ser­vice, avoid­ing many dan­ger­ous hours trav­el­ling on the road and the has­sle of flight con­nec­tions through Perth.

It will pro­mote tourism, al­low­ing those short of time to get around the Pil­bara quickly, and will en­able in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors com­ing through our air­port to travel on to Broome, Ex­mouth and other lo­ca­tions.

Each Shire will need to pro­vide some ini­tial cap­i­tal to get the ser­vice run­ning, but it is con­sid­ered that it will be self-sus­tain­ing in three years.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Shire of Ash­bur­ton does not wish to be in­volved, thus re­strict­ing air ac­cess to Kar­i­jini, but we hope soon to have a bi­tu­men road from Kar­ratha that will serve to get peo­ple to that fan­tas­tic na­tional park. We ex­pect the costs to be be­tween $100 and $300 for each leg, de­pend­ing on dis­tance.

Coun­cils are re­view­ing a Heads of Agree­ment that will en­able this to progress and we will keep you posted.

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