A NSW upper house committee will conduct public hearings in Bega and Wagga Wagga to hear the local community’s views on the availability of air services in the surrounding regions.
The only commercial airline to currently service the Bega Valley is Regional Express (Rex), which uses Merimbula Airport to fly to Melbourne, Moruya and Sydney.
The chairman of the Standing Committee on State Development, Rick Colless MLC, encourages the local community to attend the hearings.
The hearing will take place at Bega Valley Shire Council on Wednesday June 11 from 9am to 12.15pm.
“The NSW Government will be the first witness to appear at the first regional hearing in Wagga Wagga,” Mr Colless said.
“This is a great opportunity to hear what the government has to contribute to the discussion on regional air services”.
Mr Colless also mentioned a unique way for the community to be involved.
“In addition to the NSW Government, we will also be talking to representatives from several regional councils who have a direct role in managing their airports.
“If you have a question you would like the committee to ask at the hearings, send us a tweet or an email.
“The committee is aware of the difficulties that regional communities face when their air services are restricted or have become non-existent.
“We are hoping to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the issues faced by regional communities, including impacts of isolation, the delivery of essential services, and the well-being of residents.
“We are also keen to discuss options for future development and explore strategies that could progress this,” Mr Colless said.
The Standing Committee on State Development will also visit Wagga Wagga on Tuesday June 10 from 10.30am to 4pm at Quality Inn Carriage House.
For more information, including hearing schedules, visit www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/regionalaviation.