Coalition Invests $9 Million in Regional Airstrip Upgrades

Media Release


31 January 2014

The Australian Government will invest more than $8.9 million over the next two years under the Regional Aviation Access Programme for infrastructure upgrades to 39 remote airstrips across Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said remote communities across Australia—from Bathurst Island in the north to Flinders Island in the south and from Walgett in the east to Halls Creek in the west—will share in the funding.

“The funding will provide essential safety and access upgrades, including repairing and upgrading runways, constructing animal-proof perimeter fencing, installing runway lighting and upgrading drainage,” Mr Truss said.

“Projects range from large investments worth up to $850,000 at Ernabella in South Australia and $786,000 at Flinders Island in Tasmania, to smaller but no less important upgrades like $30,000 to reseal the apron at Brewarrina in New South Wales and a $42,000 perimeter fence at Augathella in Queensland.

“These upgrades will assist communities in meeting the aviation safety obligations required to ensure the continuation of air services, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Australia Post, freight and other air transport services.

“Local airstrips are vital in the delivery of essential goods and services to remote communities, including medical care. They also connect remote communities with each other and provide residents with access to work and education opportunities.

“With vast distances spanning our continent, safe and fully functioning airstrips are often the only reliable means of transport.

“Given smaller aircraft often service these communities, simple but effective measures like providing smooth runways or keeping wildlife away can make all the difference in a safe landing.

“These investments are part of the Australian Government's commitment to regional and remote communities and to improving the nation's infrastructure.”

The list of projects approved under the programme follows at Attachment A.

Attachment A

Regional Aviation Access Programme (RAAP) – Approved Projects

ApplicantStateAerodromeProjectTotal Project Cost
Australian Government Funding
$ (GST excl)
Aurukun Shire Council QLD Aurukun Install PAALC unit and upgrade electrical components. 15,000 7,500
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council QLD Blackall Upgrade aerodrome lighting & cabling. Install new transformer. 225,432 112,716
Charters Towers Regional Council QLD Greenvale Resheet runway 210,000 105,000
Charters Towers Regional Council QLD Greenvale Install solar runway lighting and illuminated wind direction indicator. 51,930 25,965
Charters Towers Regional Council QLD Pentland Install runway lighting and illuminated wind indicator. 51,930 25,965
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council QLD Kowanyama Upgrade perimeter fencing, runway lighting & drainage; install windsock. 840,000 840,000
Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council QLD Lockhart River Repair and resurface aerodrome pavements and upgrade the runway drainage. 700,000 650,000
Longreach Regional Council QLD Isisford Reseal the runway and taxiway and erect animal proof boundary fence. 625,500 312,750
Longreach Regional Council QLD Yaraka Reseal the runway and taxiway and erect animal proof boundary fence. 405,000 202,500
Mount Isa City Council QLD Camooweal Install runway perimeter fence and upgrade drainage. 190,000 95,000
Murweh Shire Council QLD Augathella Install runway perimeter fence. 42,000 21,000
Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council QLD Woorabinda Repair and seal the runway; extend and seal the aircraft parking area; line mark pavements. 188,440 188,440
Kunawarritji Aboriginal Corporation WA Kunawarritji Erect animal proof perimeter fence. 66,956 44,956
Kundat Djaru Community Housing Aboriginal Corporation WA Kundat Djaru (Ringers Soak) Erect runway perimeter fence and improve drainage. 550,000 550,000
Ngaanyatjarra Council Aboriginal Corporation WA Patjarr Construct camel proof runway perimeter fence. 300,000 300,000
Shire of Halls Creek WA Halls Creek Replace runway edge lighting and install two illuminated wind indicators. 233,150 116,575
Shire of Upper Gascoyne WA Gascoyne Junction Reconstruct and seal the runway; reinstall runway lighting. 800,000 400,000
Wanarn Community Aboriginal Corporation WA Wanarn Reconstruct and seal runway; line mark; erect camel proof perimeter fence; upgrade stormwater drains. 1,400,000 1,400,000
Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) Inc WA Warmun Upgrade runway perimeter fence and drainage. 254,840 254,840
Yungngora Association Inc WA Noonkanbah Replace runway perimeter fence & clear vegetation around aerodrome. 167,500 167,500
Department of Transport NT Bathurst Island (Nguiu) Reconstruct the taxiway and upgrade the drainage. 230,000 115,000
Department of Transport NT Maningrida Extend existing perimeter fence. 320,000 160,000
Dept of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI) on behalf of APY Lands - Pukatja Community SA Ernabella Reconstruct and resheet the aircraft pavements. 1,700,000 850,000
District Council of Yorke SA Minlaton Install solar runway & taxiway lighting and erect runway perimeter fence. 46,794 15,598
Marree Progress Association SA Marree Line mark the runway, taxiway & apron. 50,000 25,000
Marree Progress Association SA Marree Construct new taxiway & expand the aircraft parking area. 411,000 205,500
Oak Valley (Maralinga) Inc. SA Oak Valley Erect runway perimeter fence. 60,000 30,000
Outback Communities Authority SA Kingoonya Install new windsock and pole. 16,000 8,000
Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation. (RASAC) SA Amata, Murputja & Mimili Replace the solar lighting systems at each aerodrome. 228,750 114,375
ApplicantStateAerodromeProjectTotal Project Cost
Australian Government Funding
$ (GST excl)
Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation. (RASAC) SA Umuwa Expand the aircraft parking area & taxiway access; provide a new windsock pole with solar lighting. 275,750 137,875
Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation. (RASAC) SA Umuwa Gravel resheet the runway and other aircraft pavements. 390,896 195,448
Brewarrina Shire Council NSW Brewarrina Reseal apron and taxiway. 30,000 15,000
Brewarrina Shire Council NSW Goodooga Reseal apron and taxiway. 30,000 15,000
Central Darling Shire Council NSW Tilpa Install new runway perimeter fence. 59,800 29,900
Cobar Shire Council NSW Nymagee Replace gable markers & install wind sock pole. 28,690 14,345
Walgett Shire Council NSW Collarenebri Erect animal proof perimeter fence and install GPS RNAV equipment. 495,950 247,975
Walgett Shire Council NSW Walgett Erect animal proof perimeter fence. 204,000 101,000
Cape Barren Island Aboriginal Association Inc TAS Reg Munroe Airfield Erect wallaby proof runway perimeter fence. 98,035 98,035*
Flinders Council TAS Flinders Island Expand existing apron. 1,572,036 786,018
TOTAL ALL STATES       13,565,379 8,984,776

Note: Australian Government funding is to an approved maximum amount. Final funding for the outcome will depend on contract negotiations and project management arrangements.