Put your bids in for Remote airstrip upgrades

Media Release


08 September 2017

  • Round 5 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme now open for applications
  • Funding available for improving the accessibility and safety of airstrips in remote communities
  • Applications will remain open until 20 October 2017

Lifesaving upgrades of remote airstrips will be funded under the federal government program according to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester said.

Officially opening round five of the Australian Government's Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme, Mr Chester 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 services,” Mr Chester said.

“Improving the safety and capacity of airstrips provides major benefits to the thousands of Australians who would otherwise have to use slower or less reliable transport options.

“I would urge the owners and operators of any remote community airstrip who can identify a real need for an upgrade to make an application under Round Five,” Mr Chester said.

The 2015–16 Federal Budget allocated $33.7 million over four years to fund five rounds of works to improve the safety and capacity of remote airstrips.

In the last round, the Government funded 91 upgrade projects across the country.

Projects included $1.5 million for the reconstruction of the Bathurst Island aerodrome in the Northern Territory; $266,275 for resealing the runway, taxiway and other surfaces at Ravensthorpe, Western Australia; $63,636 for a reseal of the runway and lighting at Menindee in New South Wales; and $3,847 for lighting works at Wudinna in South Australia.

Applications for Round 5 are open until 20 October 2017.

For more information visit: infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/index.aspx