Letter from Hon. F. Finch Minister for Transport and Works to Senator the Hon. Bob Collins Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support updated letter regarding General Aviation facilities at Darwin Airport dated 10 September 1990
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e /i* 1 4 1 s 689 8 I M e f A FINCH 3 . 60>*^ OsT q O. ivs O ^ . ^ T ^ s ) - / V T ^ i ^ v , L ^ C w , The remaining concerns over rental rotes and varying lease terms could be addressed by consistent advice between the FAC and.your office. For example, the Darwin Aero Club advise that they have been quoted $14 per sq metre (not $9.50) and therefore their increase is only 490%, not 560%. Given the correspondence from the FAC dated 23/8/90, which gives a non-negotiable termination date of 30/3/92, surely you can understand the concern ot operators who must now make substantial financial decisions regarding the abandonment of their still-viable facilities. As mentioned in my letter to you of S/9/9Q, we considered as a "fall back* option, possible utilisation of land on the south-east corner held by the NT Government. It is now understood that RAAF requirements preclude this option, which now places the obligation totally back in your court to find an acceptable solution for all light aircraft owners. As you are aware, they are not all 'silver tails- as described by your Treasurer but in the main, service the remote Aboriginal communities in your electorate. Whilst your emotional and personalised response is obviously designed for distribution to the media, your obvious confusion, use of mis-information and avoidance' of the basic issue, will not help the Territory. y In closing, I too would have preferred to discuss this matter with you at ATAC, but your long absences from the meeting itself (Including for issues of significant importance to the Territory) and your total unavailability during any of the breaks, precluded that. This was further aggravated by your sour mood during our return flight to Darwin. Despite my attempting at lea6t five conversations, you chose to play "no speaks" until exiting the aircraft in Darwin. Given your most aggressive nature of late, this causes me no pain at all, but as my grandfather (himself a Labor politician) always told me, things are pretty poor when people don't at least have the courtesy to say "gooday". Whilst my raising these issues may get up your nose, don't expect me to back-off because you consider yourself some sort Of 'sacred cow*. t