NSW Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed news that Qantas will continue to connect Moree with Sydney by air for another two years.

“This is a major boost for businesses and tourism operators in the Moree district,” Mr Marshall said.

“This announcement gives the Moree community continued certainty and security about its direct air link to Sydney, which is absolutely vital for the local economy. In a very uncertain time at the moment, this news will come as a huge relief and boost of confidence to the Moree district, which has been hit hard by drought and now the COVID-19 disruption.”

Mr Marshall was joined by NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole and Moree Plains Shire mayor Katrina Humphries to make the important announcement after the state government agreed to a request on behalf of the community to extend the air carrier’s licence until March 2022.

Moree Plains Shire Council and the local community made it clear they loved their air service and Cr Humphries was a fierce advocate for the retention of the current service, Mr Marshall said, expressing his delight that the Minister listened to the community and extended the contract.

“It has been great to see flights come back to Moree after a short hiatus due to COVID-19,” Mr Marshall said.

“At the end of the two-year extension, Transport for NSW is obligated under current legislation to consult with the community and council again and conduct an open licensing process but I see no reason why the ‘Flying Kangaroo’ won’t continue in the skies above Moree for many years to come.”