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Page 38 • MICEBTN - M AY 2015 WESTERn AUSTRALIA cablebeachclub.com Broome, Western Australia Connect, where business meets pleasure WH58536 Queen gives backing for Perth’s inclusion in the Commonwealth Walkways project WA’s regional aviation to be more affordable PERTH may become a locale for one of a hundred ‘Commonwealth Walk- ways’. The city council is considering a proposal by the UK Outdoor Trust that has the Queen’s blessing. The trust has come up with a scheme creating walkways in the major cities of the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories. Each will be marked by the Queen’s personal cypher. The underlying philosophy of the project is to link 10,000 of the Com- monwealth’s most significant features. “The proposal in Perth is for a 10 km walkway on existing footpaths and trails, starting at Government House on St Georges Terrace and connect- ing many of the city’s highlights,” said Perth’s lord mayor, Lisa Scaffidi. “The inclusion of indigenous history, the needs of different people with different abilities, and the values and principles of the Commonwealth will be an important consideration for a walkway route.” Each highlight will be marked by a cypher panel complemented by an electronic beacon interfacing with smart phones to deliver images, text and video explaining the importance of the feature and also promoting the principles and values of the Commonwealth. a Commonwealth Walkway marker is laid in Glasgow by Commonwealth secretary - general Kamalesh Sharma (left) and Jim Walker, director of the uK Outdoor trust. WESTERN Australia’s vast size means avi- ation has played a key role in the state’s development and well-being since the first days of powered flight. WA has itself contributed through enhanced use of aircraft capabilities, pioneering routes and the growth of the FIFO (mine worker fly-in fly-out) concept. Over the first century or so of WA avia- tion, however, there has been little co-ordi- nated planning other than in terms of safe- ty, air traffic control and corporate-driven route extension, with some local and state government support at times. Now the state government believes a better framework is needed for future policy, planning and investment. “Effective and efficient air services are crucial to WA’s economic and social de- velopment and will play a deeper integral role in catering to the needs of a range of sectors, including mining and resources, corporate, tourism and leisure - while also providing vital air services to communities across the State,” said Dean Nalder, WA’s transport minister. “The state government will work in close collaboration with the Australian government, airports, local councils, air- lines and the resources sector to ensure the timely provision of safe, affordable and efficient aviation services.” The minister noted that intrastate air- fares in WA are among the highest in Aus- tralia, pledging that the state government would work with airlines to develop holiday packages that make travel to regional WA more attractive. And, he said, the “disproportionate cost of aviation security borne by passengers at small regional airports” would also be raised with the Australian government.