Local Councils encouraged to apply for airstrip funding

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging local councils and operators of remote airstrips across the north to apply for funding in the latest round of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.

Senator Macdonald said funding is available as part of Round 5 of the programme to improve the accessibility and safety of airstrips in remote communities.

Airstrips across the north and north-west received more than $4million in the last round of funding, including just over $1million to reconstruct the runway at Julia Creek.

“For many regional communities across the north and north-west, air services are essential for providing mail, supplies, transport and medical services, and ensuring this infrastructure is well maintained is essential,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Improving the safety and capacity of these airstrips provides major benefits to these communities, who would otherwise have to use slower or less reliable transport options.”

Senator Macdonald said he encouraged owners and operators, including local government authorities, who can identify a real need for an upgrade, to make an application under Round Five.

 The 2015-16 Federal Budget allocated $33.7million over four years to fund five rounds of works.

 In the last round, announced earlier this year, funding was allocated to airstrips at Julia Creek, Normanton, Karumba, Gregory Downs and Mornington Island.

 Applications for Round 5 are open until 20 October, 2017.

 For more information visit http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/index.aspx.


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