Statement from Western Queensland Alliance of Councils:

Medical supplies, health workers and essential equipment are amongst the long list of critical services that are potentially now out of reach for remote and regional communities in Western Queensland with Regional Express (Rex) suspending all services across the State indefinitely.

Mayors from across Western Queensland have expressed their disappointment in Rex’s decision and have called on the Queensland Government to deliver a solution as a matter of urgency.

These services provide a lifeline for many of our communities - from larger centres including Longreach, Mount Isa or St George, remote communities such as Birdsville and vulnerable communities such as Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Burketown and Normanton.

We can’t afford complacency or to wait for lengthy discussions. We need a workable solution now that ensures our communities remain connected to essential services that can be delivered in a timely manner.

These air connections mean we have a safety net to ensure not only vital services can continue but also our workforce and industries which pump $9.5 billion into the State’s economy.

We are also home to some of Queensland’s most vulnerable people – we can’t afford to risk people’s lives. 

Using costly private air freight as a substitute is beyond reach for these small regions and road freight can take days to reach many of our communities.

Our communities deserve to have the security and peace of mind of knowing that there is a link that can provide essential services during this crisis, just like our mates on the coast and in SEQ. 

The Western Queensland Alliance of Councils members include the councils of the North West Regional Organisation of Councils, the Central West Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board, and South West Queensland Local Government Association. 

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     Contacts

NWQROC

RAPAD

South West LGA

Cr Jack Bawden

Chair, NWQROC

Ph: 0427 459 424

Cr Rob Chandler

Chair, RAPAD

Ph: 0427 512 312

Cr Richard Marsh

Chair, South West LGA

Ph: 0409 692 299

 

Greg Hoffman PSM

Executive Officer, NWQROC

Ph: 0418 756 005

David Arnold

CEO, RAPAD

Ph: 0428583 301

Matthew Magin

CEO, Balonne Shire Council

matthew.magin@balonne.qld.gov.au

 

Flight to Gulf townships boarding at Mount Isa airport

Download the PDF statement

Title Type Date
Western Alliance of Councils Media Release Rex suspension of services pdf 31/03/2020