Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme open

Media Release

WT206/2015

08 July 2015

Applications are now open for Round Three of the Australian Government's Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme to improve air access to remote communities across Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, who released the guidelines for the current round today, said airstrips in remote areas are essential for isolated communities.

“For many remote communities air services are an essential service to provide mail, supplies, transport and medical care—things that city-people may take for granted,” Mr Truss said.

“The 2015–16 Federal Budget allocated $33.7 million over four years to support improved safety and accessibility at remote airstrips, and the opening of Round Three will ensure communities can access Australian Government support for a range of projects.

“Funding approved under the previous round included $290,000 for work on the taxiway and aircraft parking areas at Maree (SA), $112,000 to upgrade runway lighting at Blackall (Qld), $1 million towards fencing, lighting and drainage at Kowanyama (Qld), $30,000 towards resealing of the apron and taxiway at Brewarrina and Goodooga (NSW) and $300,000 towards the construction of animal proof fencing at Patjarr (WA).”

Mr Truss said applications would remain open for six weeks to give communities the opportunity to bring forward strong proposals.

“I am looking forward to seeing work begin on approved projects across the country getting underway as soon as possible to deliver a stronger network of remote airstrip infrastructure.”

Applications will close on 31 August 2015. More information can be found on the Department's website at: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/index.aspx.