Round 2 of Regional Airports Program to open

An Australian Government program to ensure regional communities remain safely connected to people, goods and new opportunities via the skies will open for another round of applications on 3 November 2020.

Round 2 of the Regional Airports Program is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to enhancing the accessibility and safety of regional airports and aerodromes across Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the latest funding would continue to assist regional airports to complete essential upgrades.

“Regional airports provide a vital link for regional communities, facilitating the delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services,” Mr McCormack said.

“Our commitment of $100 million over four years from 2019-2020 to 2022-23 will ensure the owners and operators of regional airports can deliver improved safety and capability, including upgraded runways, taxiways, as well as new fencing, navigational aids and lighting.”

Mr McCormack said airport safety and access works were already under way through Round 1 of the program, with $41.2 million approved in June this year towards 61 projects at regional airports.

“We have worked with industry to change the guidelines so that small local government and Indigenous corporations with projects of $300,000 or less can now seek funding for 100 per cent of eligible project costs, helping to deliver essential works at a time it is needed most while supporting local employment opportunities,” Mr McCormack said.

Applications for Round 2 will remain open until 15 December 2020, providing communities the time needed to develop strong proposals.

The guidelines are available at https://business.gov.au/rap.

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