Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme open

Media Release


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: