Airfare Cap Petition And Deals For Pilbara Families In Crisis Draw Huge Community Support



An online petition and Facebook page to negotiate better deals on high-cost airfares for regional West Australians is gaining traction.

Almost 10,000 signatures have been received on the petition, started by Karratha resident Chris Pickett, to get lower fares on flights for residents and families in crisis in Pilbara towns like Karratha, Paraburdoo, Newman and Port Hedland.

Mr Pickett said the issue had a real effect on the community and was not just a "moan and groan".

He started the Facebook page — which now has 4,500 followers — after hearing stories from people who said they felt isolated and alone in the Pilbara and were attributing it largely to the cost of airfares.

After collecting many harrowing stories through social media, he submitted a paper to the Parliamentary Inquiry Into Regional Airfares, which responded by saying it would be considered.

Mr Pickett said residents of the Pilbara missed out on the public transport options enjoyed by city residents and he believed the state could subsidise airfares.