Shire of Derby/ West Kimberley, Media release, 24 June 2021
The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley is delighted at the announcement today that local flights linking Derby and Broome will be available three times per week by Aviair from 16 August 2021 for a 12-month trial.
Shire President Geoff Haerewa has welcomed the news as it has been a long-term priority for the Shire to have affordable and accessible flights from Derby to Perth.
“It is great news and we have been lobbying with key stakeholders to bring about this result,” Cr Haerewa said.
“It will be beneficial to Derby residents to be able to more readily access health services in Perth.
“It will also be a boon for tourism and visitors to more easily fly to Derby and access the Kimberley.
“It will also mean residents in the Fitzroy Valley can access affordable flights and will now only have to travel to Derby to get a connecting flight instead of travelling 400kms one way to Broome.
“The flights will also be a big drawcard for FIFO workers to live and work in Derby and the West Kimberley.
“On behalf of the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley Council, I congratulate the McGowan Government on the trial of the new flights, which will bring improved access to essential services and bring families together.”