Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley's Council defers Melbourne – Kununurra direct flight trial to 2022

Published on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 3:10:41 PM

At the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley's Ordinary Council Meeting held on 15 December 2020, Council endorsed the recommendation to defer the Melbourne - Kununurra's direct trial flight to 2022. 
Shire President, Cr David Menzel, said the decision to delay the trial further was not easy. However, due to many factors, including the uncertainty in the interstate borders and the Council's decision to support the State Government's Regional Aviation Recovery Plan, it was the right call to make.
"Council have considered all aspects in regards to the benefits and risks of launching the Melbourne to Kununurra direct flight trial in 2021," said Cr Menzel, 
"Regrettably, with the uncertainty in the interstate borders due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, it was the right decision to make." 
Council is also delighted with the State Government's 24.4 million investment to Regional Aviation Recovery Plan. This includes the State's commitment to subside seats on the Kununurra to Perth route between April 2021 and October 2021, five days per week for 26 weeks. In addition, Virgin Australia has introduced a Regional Fare Program with discounted flights for local residents."
Both initiatives are welcomed by Council as they play an instrumental role in providing recovery to our local tourism industry from the Coronavirus Pandemic and improving liveability for our region. Movements between the Shire and Perth will now be more affordable and accessible for our residents.” 
Although it has been delayed, Cr Menzel said that Council would continue to endorse the Melbourne-Kununurra direct flight trial.  
"We recognise and believe that this route will be profitable for our region. It will provide additional tourists, local jobs, boost our regional economy, and help connect our residents with their families in the East. However, we must also be vigilant in protecting our community's health and wellbeing during this uncertain time. 
Council will continue to support the direct flight trial, and Shire Officers will continue to liaise with key stakeholders to ensure we can achieve this goal."

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