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Monday, 24 May 1999
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Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 13 April 1999:

(1) Has Airservices Australia (ASA) developed a runway rotation system to operate at Sydney Airport.

(2) When was the project approved by the Board of ASA.

(3) Was this project endorsed by the Minister; if so, when; if not, why not.

(4) Did the board consider a detail project schedule for the implementation of the runway rotation system, including; (a) time-line; (b) estimated completion dates; (c) resource allocation for each task; and (d) budgets relating to each task and subtasks.

(5) Was the Minister, or his office, provided with a project schedule for the runway rotation system; if so, when was this information provided; if not, why not.

(6) Can the Minister provide a copy of the project schedule for the implementation of the runway rotation system.

(7) What was the original estimated date for the completion of the runway rotation system.

(8) Has the timing of the completion of the project varied; if so, what has caused that variation.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided

the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) to (8) The selection of Runway Modes of Operation (RMO) at Sydney Airport is carried out according to a system of preferences set out in the Long Term Operating Plan for Sydney Airport (LTOP) and subject to the operational criteria in the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).

The requirement to operate a system involving runway modes being changed throughout the day, subject to weather and traffic conditions, was set out in the Ministerial Direction issued to Airservices Australia on 30 July 1997 by the then Minister for Transport and Regional Development.

This system was introduced by Airservices Australia from 3 August 1997.