The Eurobodalla needs guaranteed access to Sydney airport.
More than 200 people fly each week to Sydney from Moruya and a similar number make the reverse journey.
They include the visiting medical specialists our community relies on, and those commuters who choose to work in Sydney but spend their leisure time and dollars in the Eurobodalla.
They may be day-trippers visiting for the first time, who may well decide to return for a longer stay and support our tourism industry.
Whether a new airport is built in Sydney or not, residents and visitors to our shire must be able to access Sydney airport.
Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese is attempting to woo regional voters to support the concept of a second airport, most likely in Wilton, south-west of Sydney.
He has warned that regional carriers risk being squeezed out of Sydney Airport unless a second airport is constructed.
These concerns should not be ignored, but regional passengers would also like a guarantee that the future definition of “Sydney” will not stretch to include the future site.
They need to know they will not be themselves diverted to the second airport site, if and when it is built.
Eurobodalla passengers will continue to wish to fly into Mascot, and are unlikely to take kindly to being diverted to south-west Sydney, and face a road or train trip into the CBD.
Many would simply vote with their accelerator pedal and make the trip from Moruya to Sydney by road instead.