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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 87

(Question No. 4895)


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 13 November 1986:

(1) How many air traffic controllers are employed at each regional airport.

(2) Which regional airports are (a) subject to a dispensation from air traffic control requirements and (b) listed to have air traffic controllers placed on their staff.


Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The numbers of Air Traffic Controllers employed at regional (non-metropolitan) airports are:

Albury...6

Alice Springs...12

Cairns...10

Coffs Harbour...4

Coolangatta...8

Karratha...4

Launceston...18

Mackay/Proserpine and Hamilton Island...8

Maroochydore...6

Mount Isa...6

Port Hedland...8

Rockhampton...6

Tamworth...4

Townsville*...35

Wagga Wagga...4

* At Townsville Department of Aviation provides en route control and an Operational Control Centre. Department of Defence provides aerodrome/approach control (not included).

(2) (a) Aerodrome (air traffic) control is provided when the level of aircraft movements, mix of aircraft types and other operational circumstances require control to ensure the safety of aerodrome operations. Airports at which regular public transport turbo-jet operations take place without air traffic control are: Broken Hill, Broome, Carnarvon, Casino, Cooma, Derby, Devonport, Dubbo, Geraldton, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, Learmonth, Newman, Norfolk Island, Paraburdoo, Tindal, Yulara.

(b) None. Gove is subject to annual review of the possible requirement for air traffic control.