Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed more than $4million in federal funding to upgrade remote airstrips in Kennedy.
Senator Macdonald said Mornington Shire Council and McKinley Shire were amongst the biggest winners in Round Four of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme, with $3million to upgrade airstrip and aerodrome on Mornington Island, and just over $1million to reconstruct the runway at Julia Creek.
Carpentaria Shire Council received $376,140 for improvements at the Normanton and Karumba airstrips, while Burke Shire Council received $110,000 to upgrade the airstrip at Gregory Downs.
“This is wonderful news for these rural communities, where airstrips are such a vital, important part of the local infrastructure,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Not only will this funding provide a significant upgrade to essential infrastructure, it is also a massive boost to these regional economies, where Councils are generally the largest employer, providing jobs for locals.”
“I am pleased to be part of a Government that is not only investing in regional communities, but has a fully funded plan to unlock the vast potential of Northern Australia,” Senator Macdonald said.
The funding is part of the Government’s commitment, announced in the 2015-16 Budget, of $33.7million over four years to fund access and safety upgrades for remote community airstrips under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme. Round Four is the second tranche of upgrades under this funding.
“These positive developments add to the many achievements of this Government in Northern Australia,” Senator Macdonald said.