Nov 07, 2018

Funds on the table for airstrip upgrades

Funds on the table for airstrip upgrades

Remote communities throughout Queensland are being encouraged to apply for funding to upgrade their local airstrip, with applications now open under Round 6 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

The Coalition Government has allocated $28.3 million over four years in the 2018−19 Budget to improve safety and access at airstrips for remote towns.

Applications can be lodged by owners or operators of remote airstrips including community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Broad said 31 projects had been approved for funding in the previous round, highlighting the importance of the program to local communities and the Australian Government’s strong commitment to supporting remote and regional Australia.

“Last round we invested more than $500,000 to improve drainage and sealing at Camooweal in Queensland, $225,000 to re-sheet and regrade the runway at Bulla Camp in the Northern Territory and $55,000 to repair fences at the Flinders Island aerodrome in Tasmania, to name just a few,” Mr Broad said.

“These kinds of projects benefit thousands of Australians living in remote communities and surrounding regions, whether through job creation, more reliable transport access or improved service delivery.

“I encourage all owners and operators of remote community airstrips who can see a real need for an upgrade to apply under Round 6.”

Applications for Round 6 are open until November 29, 2018. To apply, visit www.business.gov.au/raup.

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