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Cr Kerry Pascoe, Mayor
Wagga Wagga City Council


Regional Express and Wagga Wagga have a shared history and it has been an absolute privilege to have witnessed, and in many ways been a part of, the growth of this wonderful organisation.

I continue to witness Rex's commitment to regional Australia and the essential social and business links that they create between regional centres and capital cities.  The collaboration between Rex, Wagga Wagga City Council and Airservices Australia resulted in the recent installation of an Instrument Landing System at our Airport, delivering many advantages to the travelling public and also a number of important aviation education and training outcomes. 

The response from Rex to pilot shortages was rapid and the result has been a true world-class pilot training academy in Wagga Wagga.  Rex continue with their commitment to a strong engineering apprenticeship program and their roots really are “in the country” with 150 plus employees in our City alone!

On behalf of the City of Wagga Wagga I thank Regional Express for the outstanding contribution they have made to regional Australia, and in particular the Riverina and I wish Rex much more success in the years to come!

  



  
Cr Ken Keith, Mayor
Parkes Shire Council


Since assuming the air service in 2002 Rex, Australia’s largest independent regional airline, has provided quality service to the Parkes Regional Airport and indeed the local central west community.

Council values the relationship it enjoys with Rex. As a widely respected corporate citizen Rex is held in high regard due to its support for the regional communities it serves.  Rex has supported our region providing assistance towards local festivals with various promotional measures.

Parkes Shire Council and our community congratulate Regional Express on their 10th anniversary and wish them continued growth and prosperity.

  



  
Cr Wincen Cuy, Mayor
Broken Hill City Council


It is with great pleasure that on behalf of Broken Hill City Council, my fellow Councillors and residents of Broken Hill, I congratulate Rex on their 10 year Anniversary. Your commitment to providing services to our iconic City and surrounding areas is greatly appreciated and Rex’s willingness to increase services has played a big part in Broken Hill being able to forge ahead in growth and prosperity. Council looks forward to the new chapter of our long term partnership with further services to Mildura and Melbourne commencing in July 2012.

Once again congratulations on your achievements thus far.

  



  
Cr Richie Williamson, Mayor
Clarence Valley Council


On behalf of Clarence Valley Council it is my pleasure to congratulate Rex on celebrating its 10th anniversary.  

Council was pleased to form a partnership with Rex in 2007, when it commenced operating out of the Clarence Valley Regional Airport at Grafton.  The reliable flight services which REX provides are vital to our local economy and future development and are important in meeting the needs of our residents and visitors to the Clarence Valley.

Once again, congratulations to Rex on reaching the 10 year milestone and I wish the airline all the best in continuing its tradition of good service, reliability and first rate reputation.

  



  
Cr Paul J Hogan, Mayor
Greater Taree City Council


I sincerely congratulate Regional Express Airlines (Rex) on achieving ten years of flying.

For the past five years Rex has provided Taree’s regular passenger transport service with the service being utilised by our local residents and those from our neighbouring council areas of Great Lakes and Gloucester.

Rex has provided a positive flying experience for its patrons, connecting people who are travelling on business or to that special holiday destination.

Rex provides a vital service for our region’s medical practitioners and legal professionals. The overnight courier freight service is a valuable conduit for local businesses.

As one of Australia’s largest independent regional airlines, Rex provides an opportunity to showcase the Manning Valley. The air service is valued by all who use it.

Congratulations again on ten years flying.

  



  
Cr John Tate, Lord Mayor
Newcastle City Council


On behalf of the Citizens of Newcastle, I am delighted to extend our City’s congratulations to Regional Express (Rex) who in 2012 is celebrating 10 years of flying.

This is a wonderful achievement for Rex who have consistently been rated the best regional airline in the world, providing affordable airfares, reliable service and old-fashioned country hospitality.

Newcastle Airport is currently one of Australia’s fastest growing airports. As part owner of the airport we are delighted Rex has chosen to make Newcastle part of its regular service providing passengers with greater flying choice and a competitive price.

Congratulations to the team at Rex, we look forward to more travelling destinations and a long successful partnership with Newcastle

  



  
Cr Jenny Dowell JP, Mayor
Lismore City Council


Congratulations Regional Express, or Rex as we affectionately call you, on ten years of providing vital air services to Lismore. From ‘parent’ airlines Hazelton and Kendell in the 1950s and 60s, through the tumultuous year with Ansett, Rex was born on 2 August 2002. Over the past 10 years, Rex has provided our friendly, convenient daily link with Sydney. For a regional city such as Lismore, at the heart of the Northern Rivers, the ability to commute is vital for education, health, law, government and business. The friendly service at the airport and on board is an added bonus.

We are proud to have Rex as the air service provider at Lismore airport and we look forward to many more years of partnership. Rex has a friend in Lismore City Council. On behalf of Council and our community, Happy Birthday!

  



  
Cr Phillip Silver, Mayor
Ballina Shire Council


On behalf of my fellow Councillors and residents of the Northern Rivers region I would like to congratulate Rex on achieving 10 years of operating airline services to Regional Australia.

Rex provides a range of services for our local residents and visitors, with a number of
convenient services to and from Sydney and a recently introduced service from Ballina to Newcastle. This new service provides a major connection between the two major regional centres.

We acknowledge and appreciate the high levels of customer service and community contribution that we have received from Rex over the past 10 years.
To all at Rex please accept our heartiest congratulations and thank you - for a job well done.

  



  
Cr Greg Westman, Mayor
Bathurst Regional Council


On behalf of Bathurst Regional Council,I would like to wish the management and staff of Regional Express Airlines many congratulations as they celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.

From humble beginnings a decade ago, Regional Express has become one of the world’s best regional airlines, earning a reputation for excellence along the way.

Over the last ten years Regional Express has built a special relationship with the people of Bathurst, carrying around 25,000 people a year on its daily flights to Sydney.

This air link is extremely important for the businesses and residents of the Bathurst region, as it enables us to retain the best of both worlds – a wonderful country lifestyle with easy access to national and international cities and the many economic, educational and travel opportunities they offer.

Thank you Regional Express for your support of our Region and congratulations on your 10th anniversary.

  



  
Cr Fergus Thomson, Mayor
Eurobodalla Shire Council


Eurobodalla’s residents and visitors will join me in celebrating Rex’s 10th anniversary, acknowledging the contribution this service makes to our community. The services Rex provide are greatly appreciated by people traveling to and from Sydney for business, private, medical,education and recreation activities.

The air service is significant for both economic and social reasons and with the only other transport option being the roads, and a driving time to Sydney of between 3 ½ and 5 hours, a reliable flight timetable is an essential service in Eurobodalla. We are all touched by the warming sight of family reunions at Moruya Airport as children come home to enjoy family time with their parents and grandparents, and others join friends for a visit. Our tourism industry, as a key economic driver in Eurobodalla, has been able to establish itself as a conference destination to fill beds in the off peak times.

The famous aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton once described the flight to Moruya and Merimbula as the most scenic flight in Australia and possibly the world!

Eurobodalla Shire Council and the people of the Shire recognize that while passenger numbers on routes in and out of Moruya are not as great as in some larger centres, they are vital for our future.

We thank Rex for their 10 years of service to the people of Eurobodalla and look forward to working with this great supporter of regional NS W in the future.

  



  
Cr Jenny Clarke, Mayor
Narrandera Shire Council


On behalf of the Narrandera community, my sincere congratulations to Rex in recognition of their 10 years of flying milestone. Rex have provided an important strategic air link for both Narrandera and Leeton, servicing the community and businesses.

Rex commenced regular flights to the Riverina area, filling the void that was created from the collapse of the Kendell and Hazelton services.

It is both pleasing and essential for Rex to provide an air link for our community and for Rex to reach a 10 year milestone would indicate that this will continue for more years to come.

Once again, I congratulate Rex for meeting their 10 years of flying milestone.

  



  
Cr Alice Glachan, Mayor
Albury City Council


Rex began services to Albury in 2002, filling the void left by the closure of Hazelton and Kendell Airlines. From the beginning, its success has been important to Albury.

In 10 years Rex has increased passenger numbers on its Albury routes by 150% and has shown its resilience by riding out the global financial crisis. At the same time, in partnership with Albury City, it has reduced Albury–Melbourne ticket prices by 35%.

Rexnow provides 49 flights a week from Albury to Sydney and Melbourne and directly invests in our city through the employment of local staff.

Most importantly, by keeping us reliably connected to the capital cities, Rex has made a vital contribution to Albury becoming the thriving regional economic hub it is today.
We congratulate Rex on its first 10 years and look forward to many more.

Thanks for keeping our city flying.

  



  
Cr Tony Allen, Mayor
Bega Valley Shire Council


The people of the Bega Valley Shire recognise how fortunate we are to have daily flights to and from both

Sydney and Melbourne.

These flights enable us to carry out our businesses in the capital cities without having to stay overnight or risk our lives on the busy highways.

Without Rex, our lives would be more difficult and the things that make this corner of the State such a wonderful place to live and work and raise our families would be undercut by the tyranny of distance.

On behalf of our residents and business people, I congratulate Rex on reaching this milestone and hope you will continue to fly, particularly in and out of Merimbula, for many more years to come.

  



  
Cr John Davis, Mayor
Orange City Council


Orange City Council congratulates Rex for 10 years in the air.

Orange and the village of Cudal to the city’s west were the proud hub for Hazelton Airlines.  Rex came into being during a turbulent time in the airline industry and should be congratulated for that conviction.

The provision of a service such as Rex is critical to the development of regional centres like Orange.  This importance is recognised by Council’s plan for a $13.9 million redevelopment of the Orange Airport, which is currently under way.

The Council wishes Rex the best for the next 10 years and beyond and looks forward to continued growth together.

  



  
Cr Mathew Dickerson, Mayor
Dubbo City Council


Dubbo shares a long history with Regional Express (Rex), which began servicing our City with Sydney flights some 10 years ago and is also a partner of EvoCities which helps to promote the benefits of regional city living.

I heartily congratulate REX on all its achievements since its formation, most notably its receipt of the Regional Airline of the Year 2010 award at the Air Transport World Industry Achievement Awards and being named top performing Australian airline for 2012 in Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine.

  



  
Cr Mike Neville, Mayor
Griffith City Council


Griffith City would like to congratulate Rex as it celebrates 10 years of flying in 2012. As one of the first sectors announced by Rex, Griffith welcomed that partnership and the airline has become a good friend of the Griffith community. Griffith works closely with Rex delivering a high level service to the City of Griffith and surrounds. Our partnership has enabled growth in our region by providing a connection to metropolitan areas for business, medical, education, social and wellbeing purposes.

Congratulations Rex on your outstanding achievement. Griffith City looks forward to working with you well into the future.