$11.6 million for aerodrome upgrades for isolated communities
10 December 2015
Australians living in remote communities will benefit from improved access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail, through airstrip upgrades projects approved under the Australian Government's Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced funding of $11.6 million for upgrades to airstrips in New South Wales, Queensland, West Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
“This funding is part of the Government's announcement in the 2015–16 Budget of $33.7 million over four years for access and safety upgrades for remote community airstrips,” Mr Truss said.
“These airstrip upgrades will ensure continued community access to essential healthcare services, including emergency medical evacuations, improved access to work and educational opportunities, and help connect residents of remote communities through passenger air services.
“While not appreciated in the cities, local airstrips are vital in the delivery of essential goods and services to remote communities, including medical care. They also better connect remote communities with each other.
“With such vast distances spanning our continent, safe and functioning remote airstrips are often the only reliable means of transport for people living in our most isolated areas.
“Given smaller aircraft often service these communities, simple measures such as providing a smooth runway or keeping wildlife away can make all the difference in a safe landing.
“This demonstrates the Australian Government's active and ongoing commitment to improving services to regional and remote communities across Australia.”
The list of projects approved under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme follows at Attachment A.
Remote Airstrip Upgrade Grants—funding details
$ (GST exc)*
|Richmond Shire||QLD||Richmond||New Airfield ground lighting control panel||42,500|
|Blackall-Tambo Regional Council||QLD||Blackall Aerodrome||Repair and restoration of the pavement airstrip||229,375|
|Carpentaria Shire Council||QLD||Karumba Airport||Replace gable markers, Windsock upgrade and construction of concrete base with bitumen seal around windsock||85,654|
|Balonne Shire Council||QLD||St George||Install aerodrome lighting and marking||25,000|
|Balonne Shire Council||QLD||St George||Re-seal of apron||17,500|
|Balonne Shire Council||QLD||Bollon Aerodrome||Emergency Lighting||20,000|
|Barcaldine Regional Council||QLD||Barcaldine||Full lighting upgrade||273,750|
|Flinders Shire Council||QLD||Hughenden Aerodrome||Animal proof Fence||86,052|
|KSN Holdings Pty Ltd||QLD||Bramwell Community Airstrip||Clearing, drainage, boundary marking,||24,000|
|Cook Shire Council||QLD||Coen||Re-seal of apron and taxiways, line marking||25,000|
|Banana Shire Council||QLD||Taroom||Upgrade animal proof fence||124,285|
|Torres Strait Island Regional Council||QLD||Badu, Boigu, Erub, Iama, Kubin, Mabuiag, Masig, Mer, Prouma, Saibai and Warraber||Line marking at 11 airstrips in the Torres Strait||375,000|
|Palm Island Shire Council||QLD||Palm Island||Re-seal airstrip and line marking||392,000|
|Mareeba Shire Council||QLD||Chillagoe||Re-seal runway, drainage works and installation of an illuminated wind indicator||160,000|
|Mornington Island Shire Council||QLD||Mornington Island||Re-seal apron, upgrade lighting and install animal proof fencing||837,000|
|Shire of Laverton||WA||Laverton Aerodrome||Replacing existing drainage pipes under the Taxiway||213,000|
|Yakanarra Aboriginal Corporation||WA||Yakanarra||Replace 70 solar batteries on solar lighting. Install 2-way radio system from airstrip.||16,792|
|Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation||WA||Billiluna||Upgrade solar lights on airport boundary, Repair and upgrade lights on wind sock to enable night landings||29,700|
|Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation on behalf of the Ilkurlka Community||WA||Ilkurlka||Provision and replacement of markers and navigational aids, provision of weed spray and improvement to runway surface||57,045|
|Shire of Dundas||WA||Norseman||Increase height of the runways, taxiways and apron||1,500,000|
|Shire of Carnarvon||WA||Carnarvon||Replace and repair subgrade structure of the airstrip||1,250,000|
|LM & MR McQuie & Sons||WA||Bulga Downs||Raise runway, improve drainage and fencing||35,360|
|Department of Transport||NT||Napperby||Extension of the Napperby runway from 860m to 1200m||250,000|
|Department of Transport||NT||Haasts Bluff||Reconstruct runway pavement areas for transverse gradient compliance||125,000|
|Department of Transport||NT||Areyonga||Extension of the runway from 1070m to 1200m. Re-compact the existing pavement and seal||750,000|
|Department of Transport||NT||Ngukurr||Reseal and re-line marking of the Ngukurr runway||325,000|
|Tiwi Education Board Inc. T/as Tiwi College||NT||Pickertaramoor||Repair and re-seal of aircraft pavement, repair and restoration of airstrip, storm water and drainage works||747,990|
|Department of Transport||NT||Finke||Extend runway from 965m to 1200m, re-compact gravel pavement at the end of the runway and seal runway||750,000|
|Department of Transport||NT||Kalkgurung||Re-seal and re-line mark airstrip||300,000|
|Tiwi Island Regional Council||NT||Snake Bay (Milikarpati)||Fencing upgrade||126,600|
|Tiwi Island Regional Council||NT||Bathurst Island (Wurrumiyanga)||Fencing upgrade||82,641|
|Tiwi Island Regional Council||NT||Bathurst Island (Wurrumiyanga)||Lighting and electronics upgrade||28,404|
|Tiwi Island Regional Council||NT||Bathurst Island (Wurrumiyanga)||Installation of second solar wind sock||31,881|
|Office of Township Leasing on behalf of the Ranku Community||NT||Ranku||Poisoning of vegetation on the runway, grading of aerodrome, installation of runway, taxiway and apron solar lights, installation of markers, tree lopping||255,020|
|District Council of Cleve||SA||Cleve||Reseal runway 8/26, Taxiway and apron area with a single coat 10mm aggregate seal. Line marking.||68,410|
|Yalata Community Inc||SA||Yalata Aerodrome||LED emergency lighting flood lighting||30,040|
|District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula||SA||Cummins Airstrip||Stormwater drainage,||86,903|
|SA Govt Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC)||SA||Amata Aerodrome||Camel Proof fencing||57,707|
|SA Govt Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC)||SA||Fregon Aerodrome||Camel Proof fencing||47,620|
|SA Govt Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC)||SA||Pukatja Aerodrome||Camel Proof fencing||50,620|
|SA||Pipalyatjara (Mount Davies)||Windsock replacement, solar lighting||14,961|
|SA||Umuwa||Raise runway level, rehabilitation and gravel re-sheet of runway aircraft pavements||481,064|
|Brewarrina Shire Council||NSW||Brewarrina Aerodrome||Fencing||70,000|
|Brewarrina Shire Council||NSW||Goodooga Aerodrome||Fencing and Apron Extension||53,500|
|Central Darling Shire Council||NSW||Ivanhoe||Fencing||54,600|
|Walgett Shire Council||NSW||Lightning Ridge Airport||Navigational Aids, Fencing, Enlarged Turning area,||390,146|
|Central Darling Shire Council||NSW||Menindee||Fencing||36,900|
|RT SL and JM Wilson||NSW||Yalda Downs RFDS Strip||Purchase of portable e-flare lighting flares||2,973|
|Lachlan Shire Council||NSW||Lake Cargelligo||Gravel re-sheet of runway||40,000|
|Wentworth Shire Council||NSW||Wentworth||Drainage works and runway upgrade||270,000|
|Flinders Island Council||TAS||Flinders Island||Priority runway repair programme||264,924|
* GST is not payable to entities such as Local Councils and/or State and Territory Governments.