The Morrison Government is better connecting Cape York and Torres Strait communities with vital air services with four projects successful under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the upgrades will help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services.
The successful projects include:
- Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary Airstrip Upgrade Project – $75,240
- Port Stewart Airstrip Upgrade – $398,112
- Badu, Kubin and Mabuiag Islands aerodrome fencing upgrades – $665,270
- Olkola Airstrip Upgrade – $360,000
“The Port Stewart project will upgrade the landing strip to CASA and RFDS standard enabling mailing service and access to emergency health services for residents throughout the Princess Charlotte Bay region,” Mr Entsch said.
“The projects at Badu, Kubin and Mabuiag Islands aerodromes will see failed fencing replaced.
“The upgrades at Piccaninny Plains will improve safety of aircraft, operators and passengers and will ensure essential goods and services can be received during periods of isolation due to wet season rain and weather events.”
“Upgrades like this mean that Cape York and Torres Strait residents will have improved connectivity to regional centres and increased access to essential services.
“I am looking forward to working with these communities to ensure we deliver the essential airstrip works they need.”
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote areas and improve delivery of essential goods and services including health care.
“We are investing in the future of regional communities by delivering better and safer access for regional Australians needing to travel,” Mr McCormack said.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said the upgrades, being funded across Australia, would make remote airstrips safer and more accessible in all conditions.
“Eligible projects can include upgrading runway surfaces, stormwater drainage, runway lighting and animal proof fencing,” Mr Hogan said.