Richmond and Julia Creek Take Flight

Media Release

WT079/2014

05 June 2014

Joint release with:

Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

Airstrips at Richmond and Julia Creek will benefit from nearly $380,000 approved by the Australian Government today towards essential safety upgrades.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrades were two of four remote airstrip upgrades to be approved today under the Regional Aviation Access Programme.

“Under the Programme we are now providing $9.1 million to upgrade 42 remote airstrips across Australia,” Mr Truss said. 

“Remote Airstrip Upgrade funding provides essential safety and access upgrades, including repairing and upgrading runways, constructing animal proof perimeter fencing, installing runway lighting and upgrading drainage.

“This is further evidence that the Australian Government is not just committed to our cities, but is also providing the infrastructure our remote communities deserve.”

Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said the upgrades would ensure these remote airstrips meet Australia's high safety standards and can continue to operate.

“This upgrade is vital for the communities in Richmond and Julia Creek and the wider regions these airstrips service, providing access for air passenger transport services, freight companies, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Australia Post,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Particularly in the north of this country, we rely on air services to provide essential goods and services.

“Airstrips like these connect communities with each other, and can provide residents with access to work and education opportunities otherwise not possible.

Under the Regional Aviation Access Programme the Richmond Aerodrome will receive $310,000 for runway resealing and the Julia Creek Aerodrome will receive $68,975 to install illuminated wind indicators.