Applications open for Remote Airstrip Upgrade funding

Media Release

DC115/2016

14 September 2016

Access to some of the most remote parts of Australia will soon be improved with Round Four of the Coalition Government's Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme now open for applications.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Darren Chester opened the round today and said airstrips in remote areas were crucial pieces of community infrastructure.

“For many communities, air services are essential for providing mail, supplies, transport and medical care to residents. Improving safety and access at airstrips will mean a better quality of life for people living and working in some of the most remote parts of Australia,” Mr Chester said.

“The 2015–16 Federal Budget allocated $33.7 million over four years to support improved safety and accessibility at remote airstrips, and this is the second round of funding the Government has delivered under this commitment.

“Funding approved under the previous round included $20,000 for emergency lighting at Bollon's airstrip in Queensland, $82,641 for fencing upgrades at Wurrumiyanga in the Northern Territory, $68,410 for a re-seal of the runway at Cleve in South Australia and $1.5 million to replace the subgrade surface of the Carnarvon airstrip in Western Australia.

“Each of these projects will improve the lives of people living in the community and the surrounding region, whether that be through job creation, more reliable transport access or better service delivery.”

Mr Chester said applications would remain open for six weeks to give communities the best chance at developing strong proposals.

“In the last round, we received 76 applications with 52 projects funded, highlighting the importance of this programme to the community,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing works start on a range of projects across the country, as we continue to deliver a strong network of remote airstrip infrastructure across the nation.”

Applications will close on 21 October 2016. Information, including the application form, can be found on the Department's website at: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/index.aspx