Funds up for grabs for remote airstrips


Councils and regional bodies are being encouraged to apply for a share of funding to upgrade airstrips in some of the most remote parts of the North.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said applications for Round Four of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme are now open.

“In the last round of funding, councils across the north-west of the state were huge beneficiaries of this programme, including Mornington Island Shire Council, which received more than $800,000 to for upgrades to the Mornington Island Aerodrome,” Senator Macdonald said.

“People living in remote areas appreciate the importance of good transport links and well maintained infrastructure, and that is why this programme is such a valuable opportunity for these communities,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said the programme was a real boost for remote communities.

“Not only does the funding allow local authorities in these areas to improve access and upgrade critical infrastructure, it is also essential in terms of delivering other essential services, like the Royal Flying Doctors service and other emergency services,” Senator Macdonald said.

Applications, which close on 21 October, 2016, can be lodged by community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments in remote areas and will be assessed on their ability to improve access and safety at remote airstrips to benefit communities.

Further information on the assessment criteria can be found in the guidelines, which can be found athttp://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/index.aspx, along with the application form.

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