New air services are a step closer

The reinstatement of an air service to Cobar is one step closer with the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO) calling for public tenders.

FNWJO chairperson Cr Lilliane Brady is delighted that after a year without any air services, the process to restore them is now in motion.

“I am very happy to advise that tenders for the Provision of Air Services to Cobar, Bourke, Walgett and/ or Lightning Ridge went to market by way of public advertising on December 19, 2018 with a closing date for the receipt of tender submissions being 12 February 2019,” Cr Brady said on Monday.

“This is a significant step in the process of reinstating air services to Cobar, Bourke, Walgett and/ or Lightning Ridge.

“My understanding is that Bourke and Walgett have not had access to a regular air service for some 10 years. In Cobar’s case that period now exceeds 12 months and, regardless of the length of time, the impact to all these localities of not having a regular air service is substantial,” she said.

Cr Brady said that the FNWJO had worked in close collaboration with officers from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to develop the documentation which is now in out for tender.