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

Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama Take Flight

Media Release


05 June 2014

Joint release with:

Warren Entsch

Member for Leichhardt

Pormpuraaw Airstrip in Far North Queensland will benefit from $790,000 announced today by the Australian Government for essential safety upgrades.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade was one of four remote airstrip upgrades to be approved today under the Regional Aviation Access Programme.

“An additional $225,000 has also been announced for an expanded upgrade project at Kowanyama aerodrome,” Mr Truss said.

“Under the Programme we are now providing $9.1 million to upgrade 42 remote airstrips across Australia. This new funding puts to bed Anthony Albanese's scaremongering over the future of the program.

“Remote Airstrip Upgrade funding provides essential safety and access upgrades, including repairing and upgrading runways, constructing animal proof perimeter fencing, installing runway lighting and upgrading drainage.

“This is further evidence that the Australian Government is not just committed to our cities, but is also providing the infrastructure our remote communities deserve.”

Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the upgrade would ensure this remote airstrip meets Australia's high safety standards and can continue to operate.

“This upgrade is vital for the community in Pormpuraaw and the wider region that the airstrip services, providing access for air passenger transport services, freight companies, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Australia Post,” Mr Entsch said.

“Particularly in the north of this country, we rely on air services to provide essential goods and services.

“Airstrips like this also connect communities with each other, and can provide residents with access to work and education opportunities otherwise not possible.”

When roads become impassable during the wet season, good airstrips are the only reliable means of transport to remote northern communities.