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    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Local Fare Scheme takes off with more than 2,500 bookings

    Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Local Fare Scheme takes off with more than 2,500 bookings

    The trial of the new-look Local Fare Scheme is a soaring success with more than 2,500 bookings accessing the program since subsidised flights for residents were reintroduced last July.

    Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said the scheme delivered on Palaszczuk Government’s election commitment to reinstate cheaper flights for Far North Queensland residents axed under the former LNP Government.

    “As promised the Palaszczuk Government reintroduced the scheme to allow locals who live in some of the remotest parts of Queensland access a subsidy for travel within Cape York and the Torres Strait,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Helping more than 2,500 passengers’ access cheaper flights is a significant achievement, especially less than eight months into the 12-month regional trial.

    “We reintroduced the trial after listening to Far North Queensland community leaders concerned about the cost of travel to access services for those living in some of the remotest parts of the state.”

    Mr Hinchliffe said the scheme had recorded an average of 300 bookings per month, and growing highlighting the value of the Local Fare Scheme to keep remote communities connected.

    “Savings of up to $400 per return flight, have enabled residents to travel for as little as $198 (excluding booking fees) to access vital health, education and employment services,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “By capping the subsidy, we have safeguarded the sustainability of the trial while significantly reducing total fares.”

    The Palaszczuk Government reintroduced the Local Fare Scheme flight service in July last year to service 12 Torres Strait Island airports and seven Cape York airports.

    To qualify for discounted flights, locals are required to provide a letter of eligibility from their council to prove they have been a resident of their current community in Cape York or the Torres Strait for a minimum of three years.

    For more information about flights including a complete list of communities included in the scheme, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

     

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