The Australian Services Union Victorian Private Sector Branch (ASU) will host a forum of local state election candidates in Geelong tomorrow morning to discuss the future of Avalon Airport because current state government support is due to expire in April 2015, leaving the future of the Avalon Airport operation uncertain.
ASU Branch Secretary, Ingrid Stitt, said Avalon Airport is crucial for the ongoing development of the Geelong region.
“Avalon is important to the people of Geelong. The daily flights to Sydney have helped families go on holiday and business people access flights close to home.
“A lack of commitment to Avalon’s future has seen flight schedules reduced. Geelong has been hit hard by unemployment in Victoria’s jobs crisis, with unemployment in the area much higher than the state average. What is the plan to ensure no further jobs are lost in Avalon?
“The situation is already deteriorating. Basic infrastructure at the Airport is sadly lacking – there’s no wi-fi, no retail outlets and no job security beyond April next year for the Jetstar employees who continue to serve the airport and its travellers.
“The ASU invited all major parties running for local seats to attend the forum tomorrow. The attendance will be indicative of parties commitment to the airport and to the ongoing economic development in the region.
“Tomorrow’s forum will see Avalon Jetstar employees pose questions to the panel of local candidates, asking about their plans to help workers and Geelong residents being affected by policies on Avalon airport.
“The ASU calls for a commitment to Geelong to ensure Avalon Airport attracts further investment to ensure it can become a credible second airport for Melbourne,” Ms Stitt said.
Date: Thursday, 13 November 2014
Venue: Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers Street Geelong
Confirmed: John Eren (Labor Member for Lara), Andy Richards (Labor Candidate for Barwon South), Christine Cousins (Labor Candidate for Geelong)
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