May 06, 2020

Airstrip works funded for remote FNQ communities

Airstrip works funded for remote FNQ communities

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 COUNCILQLDWildlife Fencing of Aircraft Landing Areas (ALA) – Capella and Dingo
CLONCURRY SHIRE COUNCILQLDDajarra Airstrip Upgrade Project
CARPENTARIA SHIRE COUNCILQLDNormanton Aerodrome Linemarking
BURKE SHIRE COUNCILQLDBurketown and Gregory airstrip safety project
A. A. COMPANY PTY. LTD.QLDCanobie Airstrip Upgrade
AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCYQLDPiccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary Remote Airstrip Upgrade Project
YINTJINGGA ABORIGINAL CORPORATIONQLDUpgrade to the Port Stewart Airstrip, Cape York
TORRES STRAIT ISLAND REGIONAL COUNCILQLDUpgrade fencing for Badu, Kubin and Mabuiag Aerodromes
OLKOLA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (ICN 1720)QLDOlkola Infrastructure Airstrip Upgrade
DIAMANTINA SHIRE COUNCILQLDBirdsville Aerodrome Crack Seal and Rejuvenation Project
MURWEH SHIRE COUNCILQLDAugathella Airstrip Upgrade
BLACKALL – TAMBO REGIONAL COUNCILQLDBlackall Aerodrome Safety Fencing Project
CHICONI GRAZING PTY LTDQLDTaylors Plains all Weather Upgrade
LONGREACH REGIONAL COUNCILQLDIlfracombe is some 30 kilometres west of Longreach.
LONGREACH REGIONAL COUNCILQLDInstallation of Solar Taxi-Way Lights Isisford Airstrip
QUILPIE SHIRE COUNCILQLDAnimal Exclusion fencing of the Adavale Airstrip