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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 163

Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, in writing, on 9 August 2005:

Further to the answer to question No. 62, (a) what was the nature of the low cost service suggested by AirServices to the operator of (i) Bankstown, (ii) Moorabbin, (iii) Archerfield, and (iv) Jandakot Airport and (b) did AirServices or his department recommend the introduction of this service as a result of the fatal accident at Bankstown Airport on 11 November 2003.

Mr Truss (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   The nature of the low cost service suggested by Airservices Australia was to work with airports and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to examine the potential to develop a low cost minimal service for Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) for airports that are below the requirements for ICAO/CASA compliant ARFF services. The concept envisaged was that the service would utilise technical advances in extinguishing agents that would allow the use of small, fast response fire vehicles.

(b)   There was no formal recommendation by either Airservices Australia or my Department. The proposal was developed by Airservices Australia for consideration of operators of general aviation aerodrome procedures (GAAP) airports.