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Thursday, 12 November 1964

Senator HENTY - -Trans-Australia Airlines has leased land at Brampton Island and has engaged a contractor to build an airstrip. This will be suitable for light twinengined aircraft like the Beechcraft Queen Air. It is the intention of T.A.A. to carry its passengers between Mackay and Bramp ton Island by aircraft. A great number of the smaller airports and airstrips in Australia, and especially those in remote areas, have been constructed by private owners. Airlines have also in certain cases undertaken the responsibility for airport construction. T.A.A. did not need approval to undertake this particular project, the cost of which is within the authority of the Australian National Airlines Commission to approve. It also has the statutory authority to engage in intrastate operations in Queensland. The estimated cost of the proposed airport is £47,000, which will be obtained by T.A.A. from its own resources. It is the usual practice when an airstrip is privately owned or leased for other aircraft owners to negotiate with the owners or lessees if they wish to use it.

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