Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack
More than $1.7 million will be invested in upgrading eight aerodromes throughout the Lingiari electorate, improving access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail under Round 5 of the Coalition Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme announced today.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the funding was part of the Government’s allocation in the 2015-16 Budget of $33.7 million over four years to deliver better access and safety upgrades for remote community airstrips.
“Connectivity is important for every community, but none more so than remote towns and smaller communities across Australia which rely on good transport links to survive and thrive,” Mr McCormack said.
“These upgrades ensure continued access to essential, potentially lifesaving, health care as well as fresh food, mail services and access to employment and education opportunities.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said the Coalition was investing more than $1.7 million in the upgrades to the eight airstrips.
“One of the biggest projects to be funded as part of this round is major works at the Kabulwarnamyo airstrip. The Government will invest more than $306,000, along with almost $47,000 from Warddeken Land Management Ltd, to widen the runway, install lighting and markers, rebuild the windsock and install windsock lighting and clear the area around the airstrip,” Senator Scullion said.
“In another big-ticket project, Australian Cattle Holdings will match the Government’s $101,313 grant to widen the Montejinni airstrip to 15 metres, grade the runway, build exclusion fencing and install solar lighting.
“AA Co will also match our $34,504 grant to install fencing and lighting at the Delamere airstrip.”
Other upgrade projects, which will funding from the NT Government, are:
- Bulla Camp airstrip – $225,000 to resheet and regrade the runway (matched funding from NT Government)
- Daly Waters airstrip – $250,000 to install fencing, clear vegetation and remove asbestos ($400,000 from NT Government)
- Gapuwiyak (Lake Evella) airstrip – $215,000 to reseal the runway and taxiway (matched funding from NT Government)
- Kintore airstrip – $285,000 – reseal the runway and taxiway (matched funding from NT Government)
- Papunya airstrip – $285,000 – reseal the runway and taxiway (matched funding from NT Government)
Round 5 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme will see $7 million allocated to 31 projects around the nation. For more information on the program visit https://infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/raug.aspx.