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Australian Airport Association disappointed with lack of Support for Regional Airport in Budget
Regional Airport have missed out on a much needed funding boost to combat rising costs and support essential medical transport services in the 2016-17 federal budget, the peak body representing Australia’s Airport says.
While the Commonwealth announced it would tip in $5.3 billion in capital over the next decade to build the proposed Badgerys Creek Airport, Australian Airport Association (AAA) chief executive Caroline Wilkie said there was little cheer for regional Airport, most of which are owned and run by local councils.
In September 2016, the AAA released its Regional Airport Infrastructure Study conducted by ACIL Allen Consulting which found regional Airport faced a significant funding shortfall in the years ahead to maintain existing facilities and upgrade their Airfields to cope with the expected growth in the sector.
The report said expenditures for regional Airport were expected to rise by 38 per cent over the next decade, putting even more pressure on already stretched budgets, with 61 per cent of the nation’s regional Airport running budget deficits in 2014/15.
Moreover, some 40 per cent of regional Airport were expected to record persistent budget deficits over the next 10 years.
Wilkie said the government’s current Regional Airstrip Upgrade program, which provided funding for remote air services subsidies, remote airstrip upgrades and remote aerodrome inspections, could not bridge that gap.
“The remaining funding available in the Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) programme simply isn’t adequate to address the $170 million shortfall in essential aeronautical infrastructure investment in regional Australia,” Wilkie said in a statement.
“Despite compelling evidence about the need for more funding, we are very disappointed the Turnbull Government has not addressed this requirement in the Budget.”
Aviation Fuel sniffing prompts Warning in Australia. Australian Northern Territory Australian health officials have warned of a "serious" incidence of children inhaling Aviation fuel in the Northern Territory. Security camera footage shows children breaking into the remote Elcho Island Airport and siphoning fuel from planes. Petrol sniffing is not a new challenge to hit remote communities, but Aviation fuel is even more dangerous because it contains lead, local officials aid. Lead exposure can badly damage the brain and nervous system. Health officials believe more than 100 youths - one as young as seven - have inhaled the fuel on Elcho Island and a nearby area since March last year. "Our kids are ending up in hospital by getting infected by chemicals, which is bad for them," one Aboriginal elder, John Gurrumgurrum Burarrwanga, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
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Melbourne Airplane crash Company had a'near miss'history. Investigations leading to the cause of fatal airplane crash at a shopping mall near Melbourne's Essendon Airport revealed a near miss involving the same Charter company. The Airplane had crashed into the DFO shopping centre in Melbourne. Four American tourists and Pilot Max Quartermain were killed when their Beechcraft B200 Super King Air experienced engine failure soon after take-off from Essendon Airport on Tuesday. The flight was headed for King Island off Tasmania's north coast, crashed into the DFO shopping centre and flames engulfed the debris. The ABC reports Mr Quartermain was under investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) after his Airplane, with a call signal VH-OWN, came within 100m of another aircraft in bad weather at Mt Hotham in September 2015. An investigation summary reported the Airplane had "tracking difficulties" on approach to Mt Hotham during a Charter flight as lo…