Four projects in Cape York and Torres Strait communities have won federal funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the upgrades would help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services.
The successful projects include:
- Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary Airstrip Upgrade Project – $75,240
- Port Stewart Airstrip Upgrade – $398,112
- Badu, Kubin and Mabuiag Islands aerodrome fencing upgrades – $665,270
- Olkola Airstrip Upgrade – $360,000
“The Port Stewart project will upgrade the landing strip to CASA and RFDS standard enabling mailing service and access to emergency health services for residents throughout the Princess Charlotte Bay region,” Mr Entsch said.
“The projects at Badu, Kubin and Mabuiag Islands aerodromes will see failed fencing replaced.
“The upgrades at Piccaninny Plains will improve safety of aircraft, operators and passengers and will ensure essential goods and services can be received during periods of isolation due to wet season rain and weather events.
“Upgrades like this mean that Cape York and Torres Strait residents will have improved connectivity to regional centres and increased access to essential services.”
They are among 45 projects sharing in $9 million nationwide in the latest funding round.
The full list of successful Queensland projects is below:
|CENTRAL HIGHLANDS REGIONAL COUNCIL||QLD||Wildlife Fencing of Aircraft Landing Areas (ALA) – Capella and Dingo|
|DOOMADGEE ABORIGINAL SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Doomadgee Airstrip Upgrade|
|CLONCURRY SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Dajarra Airstrip Upgrade Project|
|CARPENTARIA SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Normanton Aerodrome Linemarking|
|CARPENTARIA SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Karumba Aerodrome Linemarking|
|BURKE SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Burketown and Gregory airstrip safety project|
|A. A. COMPANY PTY. LTD.||QLD||Canobie Airstrip Upgrade|
|AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY||QLD||Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary Remote Airstrip Upgrade Project|
|YINTJINGGA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION||QLD||Upgrade to the Port Stewart Airstrip, Cape York|
|TORRES STRAIT ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL||QLD||Upgrade fencing for Badu, Kubin and Mabuiag Aerodromes|
|OLKOLA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (ICN 1720)||QLD||Olkola Infrastructure Airstrip Upgrade|
|DIAMANTINA SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Birdsville Aerodrome Crack Seal and Rejuvenation Project|
|MURWEH SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Augathella Airstrip Upgrade|
|BLACKALL – TAMBO REGIONAL COUNCIL||QLD||Blackall Aerodrome Safety Fencing Project|
|CHICONI GRAZING PTY LTD||QLD||Taylors Plains all Weather Upgrade|
|LONGREACH REGIONAL COUNCIL||QLD||Ilfracombe is some 30 kilometres west of Longreach.|
|LONGREACH REGIONAL COUNCIL||QLD||Installation of Solar Taxi-Way Lights Isisford Airstrip|
|QUILPIE SHIRE COUNCIL||QLD||Animal Exclusion fencing of the Adavale Airstrip|
|BARCALDINE REGIONAL COUNCIL||QLD||Reseal Aramac Airstrip|