$11.6 million for aerodrome upgrades for isolated communities

Media Release


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.

Attachment A

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Grants—funding details

ApplicantStateAerodromeProjectCmth Funding
$ (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 Govt Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC) SA Pipalyatjara (Mount Davies) Windsock replacement, solar lighting 14,961
SA Govt Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC) SA Umuwa Fencing 60,513
SA Govt Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation (RASAC) 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
      TOTAL 11,672,430

* GST is not payable to entities such as Local Councils and/or State and Territory Governments.