Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion today welcomed the Coalition Government’s $275,000 investment to upgrade Maningrida and Bathurst Island airports as part of the Regional Aviation Access Programme.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced that 39 remote communities, including Maningrida and Bathurst Island will share in almost $9 million of specific funding for regional airstrips.
“The funding will reconstruct the taxiway and upgrade the drainage at Bathurst Island and extend the existing perimeter fence at Maningrida airport,”Senator Scullion said.
“These upgrades will help our community to be assured that aviation safety obligations are up to scratch and that air services, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Australia Post, freight and other air transport services, can continue to service local needs.
“Increasingly, we depend on our airstrip for delivery of everyday goods and services, including medical care and supplies.
“A fully functioning airstrip helps to stem the disadvantage that distance can inflict on our community, so making sure it is open and serviceable at all times is a priority.
“Today the Australian Government has delivered practical, sensible improvements to make our runways safe and more efficient.
“This investment is part of the Coalition’s commitment to regional and remote communities and to improving the nation’s infrastructure.”
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