Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Leader of The Nationals The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP, and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Remote communities in the Northern Territory are invited to apply for funding to upgrade their local airstrip, with applications now open under Round 6 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the funding recognised the challenges remote communities faced in accessing the services they need, particularly during the wet season.
“Every Territorian knows how important good transport links are to keep the NT thriving,” Senator Scullion said.
“That is why this programme is so important and I would urge anyone seeking to upgrade their local airstrip to apply under Round 6, and begin preparing their application now.
“The last round saw 31 projects receive funding across Australia, which shows how important this programme is to remote communities, and it would be wonderful to see projects from the Territory selected under the current round.”
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said upgrades to Wurrumiyanga Airstrip on Bathurst Island which were completed in September, was funded under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme.
“Since 2015, the CLP has invested $9 million in 35 airstrip upgrade projects in the Northern Territory including Kabulwarnamyo , Montejinni, Bulla Camp, Daly Waters, Gapuwiyak (Lake Evella), Kintore, Papunya, Delamere, Jabiru, Milyakburra, South Goulburn Island, Nyirripi, Elcho Island, Croker Island, Palumpa, Peppimenarti, Ramingining, Snake Bay, Wadeye, Elliot, Hodgeson Downs and Robinson River,” Ms Price said.
“The CLP is commited to investing in vital infrastructure in remote parts of the Northern Territory.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the programme was about ensuring remote communities continued to have access to supplies, life-saving medical care and education and employment opportunities.
“Australia is a big country and it is so crucial that those living in some of the most remote parts of our nation have access to good transport links,” Mr McCormack said.
“Remote airstrips play a major role in connecting remote communities with the services they need and by upgrading these airstrips we are benefitting thousands of Australians through job creation, more reliable transport access and improved service delivery.”
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Broad said applications for Round 6 were open until 29 November 2018.
“Applications can be lodged by owners/operators of remote airstrips including community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments,” Mr Broad said.
“The Australian Government is absolutely committed to remote Australia, and we have allocated $28.3 million over four years in the 2018−19 Budget to improve safety and access at airstrips for remote towns.”
Royal Flying Doctor Service Chief Executive Dr Martin Laverty welcomed the new round.
“The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme saves lives,” Dr Laverty said.
“It delivers safety improvements such as night lighting or navigation aids for the Flying Doctor to land in health emergencies at otherwise unserviceable airstrips. Our remote Australia health service simply couldn’t operate without this essential funding program.”
To apply, visit www.business.gov.au/raup.