Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development & Leader of The Nationals The Hon Michael McCormack MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Remote Territorians have received a boost today with $3.4 million provided for upgrades to nine airstrips under Round 6 of the Australian Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that funding of $3.4 million would deliver upgrade works at the Tennant Creek airport as well as the airstrips at Yuendumu, Willowra, Finke, Haasts Bluff, Alpurrurulam, Delara, Hermannsburg and Mount Leibig.
“Upgrades like this will ensure that residents in the Lingiari community living in remote areas can remain well-connected, overcoming the effects of the tyranny of distance,” Senator Scullion said.
“$700,000 for upgrades at Tennant Creek Airport will be for improved lighting, fencing works, apron expansion and asphalt works.”
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said $1.375 million would be spent on resealing and line marking at Alpurrululam, Delara, Willowra and Yuendumu airstrips.
“$900,000 will be invested by the CLP for fencing upgrades at the Yuendumu, Willowra, Finke, and Haasts Bluff airstrips.
“A $500,000 investment on runway resheets at the Hermannsburg and Mount Leibig airstrips will also be welcome by those communities.
“I am delighted to see the Country Liberals continuing its investment in vital infrastructure in our community, particularly through key air transport works such as these.”
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Chief Executive Dr Martin Laverty said, “Upgrading airstrips enables better access for the RFDS during emergency retrievals.
“From Flinders Island to Palm Island, and Fitzroy Crossing to Tennant Creek, RFDS needs reliable airstrips. This $10.1 million supports essential healthcare for 34 communities.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Government was delivering better access and safety upgrades for remote community airstrips thanks to its 2018 Budget commitment of $28 million to extend the program over four years.
“Being connected to regional centrist is vital for every remote community and I am pleased today to announce that these communities will receive the airstrip work they need,” 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.
“I am looking forward to working with these remote communities to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need.”
For more information on the program visit https://infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/regional/raug.aspx.