An investigation of roles and development pattern of regional airports, Queensland Australia

Shaw, Mark Andrew (2010) An investigation of roles and development pattern of regional airports, Queensland Australia. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: More than any other form of transport aviation has been responsible for reducing the ‘tyranny of distance’ of the Australian interior (Simpson 2004). Since the 1980’s there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of aerodromes. To maintain the existing aerodromes at a safe standard many remote townships have required financial
assistance. This paper will investigate some of the government assessment criteria used in various funding regulatory frameworks including the criteria of proximity to essential services. Provide an in depth analysis of past, present and future trends in regional aviation. And also investigate the connection between population migration and aerodromes.

A quantitative approach was adopted for this research project. Survey research mixed with established analytical data collection which enabled correlation between various
topics of research. The mechanisms used in data collection included information from email and mail questionnaire returns, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Queensland
Government Office of Economic and Statistical Research and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

The research indicated that a relationship between population growth and remoteness exists. The areas in Queensland that are the most remote generally have the greatest negative population growth and only 55% of these airports received financial assistance.

The research established that 70% of funded airports in Queensland have essential services greater than 100km away. With respect to non-funded airports, 30% of nonfunded
airports have essential services greater than 100km away.

Generally the results of the research indicate that most of airports have received some form of funding over the last for years by at least one of the government agencies.
However most of the local governments also indicate that the level of funding is insufficient.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2011 01:19
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: airports; regional airports; Queensland; funding; government; population density
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400508 Infrastructure engineering and asset management

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